Facebook Sharing Private Comments, Posts With Politico

If you so much as mention a Presidential candidate on Facebook, your post or comment (even if it’s private) will be shared with Politico:

[E]very 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.

No, your private comments won’t be republished and, yes, it appears that the process will strip your identifying information from your content. But it’s another reminder that nothing you put on Facebook is truly private.

Via Ann Althouse, where it took all of six minutes for a commenter to suggest “put[ting] a candidate’s name in every message and status update.”

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  1. Hey Norm says:

    “…nothing you put on Facebook is truly private…”

    That’s been clear for some time now…and yet people think I’m weird because I am not on Facebook.
    (Of course I am weird…but that’s not why)

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Hey Norm: I’m weird too, I guess, but I was born that way.

  3. Eric says:

    I find it ironic that four people liked this article for their Facebook.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    But it’s another reminder that nothing you put on Facebook is truly private.

    Who would be foolish enough to believe otherwise…

  5. James in LA says:

    Facebook is a fad. They are done expanding, as the rest of the world has social media, too, and FB blabbermouthery does not translate well to many cultures. But I think the original users will simply grow out of it.

    I knew I was done with FB when in less than a week I had to read about the color of the fluid drained off the knee (with slideshow) of someone I knew in high school, but had not spoken to this century. In one past, you wrote these things in a diary that no one read. Also, many of these “friends” had grown into screechy preachers in the long interim, a few virtually unrecognizable. And when you demure a clique, well, social anathematization cannot be far behind.

    Which is perfectly fine for a life lived in the 10th grade of high school.