Thursday, August 25, 2016

Square Peg,Round Hole

A lot of people have been making a lot of noise about how much information is gathered about us on social media and through whatever operating system you're using.

Liberal, Moderate or Conservative? See How Facebook Labels You
You may think you are discreet about your political views. But Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has come up with its own determination of your political leanings, based on your activity on the site.

And now, it is easy to find out how Facebook has categorized you — as very liberal or very conservative, or somewhere in between.

Try this (it works best on your desktop computer):

Go to on your browser. (You may have to log in to Facebook first.)

That will bring you to a page with your ad preferences. Under the “Interests” header, click the “Lifestyle and Culture” tab.

Then look for a box titled “US Politics.” In parentheses, it will describe how Facebook has categorized you, such as liberal, moderate or conservative.

(If the “US Politics” box does not show up, click the “See more” button under the grid of boxes.)

Facebook makes a deduction about your political views based on the pages that you like — or on your political preference, if you stated one, on your profile page. If you like the page for Hillary Clinton, Facebook might categorize you as a liberal.~
I don't know why anyone would be surprised by this Microsoft and Facebook are private companies and if you use their shit then of course they are going to gather info on you in order to maximize their revenue through ads.

The internet has become really nothing more than a revenue generating machine.

I checked and Facebook categorizes me as "very conservative" which is true. So their unwelcome ads target me with all kinds of crap that if I was really interested in then I would search for them myself.
But, other than constantly hitting the "hide ad" tab, what are you gonna do?

I like being listed as very conservative on their platform though because it pretty much forces them to try and pander to my preferences. As a groveling left wing echo chamber it must really chap their ass.

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