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  •  I don't want Facebook misrepresenting me to my (15+ / 0-)

    friends and family, period.

    I have liked many companies and products.  Usually a company that makes good organic or gluten free foods, and then there is Estroven - which I am telling every woman/friend/family member, my age about anyway - because of my positive experience with it.

    However, I don't want the misrepresentation - I just posted this to my wall:

    Dear Friends and Family, It has come to my attention that Facebook may have me "liking" companies and products that I have never and would never like. If you see a company or product endorsement from me on your wall, could you please tell me. When ever it happens, what ever the company or product is please PM me or post the sighting to my wall. I don't want Facebook misrepresenting me to my friends and family. Thank you.
    I have also asked a liberal about her Dixie Cup endorsement ... and she seemed confused because she had never clicked it.  I think this is happening a lot, and I don't like it.

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:31:58 AM PST

    •  I wonder if it's a slightly less insidious but (6+ / 0-)

      still dishonest practice that's behind this.  Let's say Facebook knows that you have a friend named, say, Clytemnestra Jones.  Your friend would rather eat a live banana slug than shop at WalMart.  But a different Clytemnestra Jones just loves! Loves! LOVES!! WalMart.  Facebook's algorithms show you an ad that says Clytemnestra Jones likes WalMart, but they don't mention that it's not the Clytemnestra Jones that you know.

      So maybe they're cheating by using persons of the same name and figuring that no one will click on the name to see if the same Clytemnestra Jones that they know.  I have a very uncommon name IRL, with a traditional Gaelic first name and a not-common Austrian last name via marriage.  I was very surprised to find that there is one other person with my same name, though she's in the UK.  If any of my friends got a feed that I liked something, it probably wouldn't occur to them that there might be another person by the same name... though they might wonder when I started liking Marmite.

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