Facebook, the Menlo Park, California-based company, is making news headlines again as news of software that it patented last year finally became public. The patent would allow the tech company to analyze information to create household profiles of their users by making educated guesses about how many people live in the household, what their relationships to each other are, what interests they share, and what electronic devices they use. They would use all kinds of information collected on users, from photos uploaded and tagged in, to status updates, past posts, and relationship histories to compile which users are part of the same household. Click on this article link to learn more.
Facebook is once again in the spotlight because of issues surrounding how they handle their user’s data amongst more concerns over privacy issues. Facebook recently confirmed that they scan through chats sent through Facebook Messenger, a revelation that has left some shocked, some disappointed, some upset, and some completely unsurprised. Read the full article for more.
Facebook users should be more aware of what streams down their timeline and information they enter into their profiles. A new patent from the social media giant describes a system that would use data points it collects on the user to predict their socioeconomic status. Data points include education, travel history, the number of devices owned, and homeownership. Read about how it works, here.