Can Facebook Make You Vote?

November 3rd, 2014 • iizthatiiz

 

Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Social Media Site

 

Facebook made national news last summer after revelations that the social media powerhouse had intentionally attempted to affect the emotional mood of some users by manipulating the types of stories shown to them on their news feeds.

Now, a report from ‘Mother Jones’ has surfaced,  uncovering nefarious experiments that Zuckerberg and cohorts have engaged in over previous election cycles.

For the past six years, Facebook has been targeting users in an effort to see if the social media site can increase voter turnout.  It turns out that they can.

“while Facebook has been developing and promoting this tool, it has also been quietly conducting experiments on how the company’s actions can affect the voting behavior of its users.”

“In particular, Facebook has studied how changes in the news feed seen by its users—the constant drip-drip-drip of information shared by friends that is heart of their Facebook experience—can affect their level of interest in politics and their likelihood of voting. (MJ)

If Zuckerberg can increase turnout, can he depress turnout?

Where, why, and how the billionaire employs these dangerous social engineering tools are reasons for obvious concern.

 

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cross-posted from I Iz Blogging

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