Most notably, the Facebook-Politico data set will include Facebook users’ private status messages and comments. While that may alarm some people, Facebook and Politico say the entire process is automated and no Facebook employees read the posts.I don't recall giving Facebook my permission to disseminate this private information (it must be in the TOS, right?), but since they are doing this us Facebook users could have fun thwarting them. Just start posting random political comments praising each of the candidates. One day say, "I am a proud Democrat and I am voting to reelect President Obama, you should too!" then the next day say "Rick Santorum is my candidate and only he can save America!" Repeat with each of the candidates and political parties at random and ask your friends to do the same.
Rather, every post and comment — both public and private — by a U.S. user that mentions a presidential candidate’s name will be fed through a sentiment analysis tool that spits out anonymized measures of the general U.S. Facebook population.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Make up a bunch of fake political crap and post it to Facebook
As you may be aware, Facebook will now be sharing your personal political opinions, whether you post them privately or not, with Politico.
Posted by Lou Minatti at 7:53 PM