October 20, 2020 Feature

Facebook, Patents, and Privacy: Social Media Innovations to Mine Personal Data

Lily Li
Facebook has obtained several patents that allow social media platforms to track, identify, and classify individuals in new ways.

Facebook has obtained several patents that allow social media platforms to track, identify, and classify individuals in new ways.

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The episode “Nosedive” of the television series Black Mirror envisions a society built on social credit scores. In this dystopia, all social media networks have converged into one platform—think Facebook, TikTok, Yelp, and Equifax combined.

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