From the bottles of beer you drink, to the places you visit on vacation, the social networking site will compile everything there is to know about you (and the billion other people online) - and then make sense of it with the hope of selling better, targeted advertising in your news feed.
The social networking giant has teamed up with New York University to set up a research lab designed to learn about artificial intelligence. | Mail Online
- Facebook's auto-playing video ads are coming this week | The Verge
Facebook will start inserting video advertisements into its users' feeds from this week. The videos will play automatically as they appear on any given page, on both the web and smartphones. The first ad is a teaser trailer for the March release of Divergent. The trailer was produced specifically for Facebook users, and if earlier rumors were true, should be around 15 seconds in length. The company calls it a test that will only be seen by "a small number of people," but it's clearly the first step in a larger rollout.
- Facebook saves everything you type - even if you don't publish it
Unfortunately, the code that powers Facebook still knows what you typed – even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out the things you explicitly choose not to share aren't entirely private.
Facebook calls these unposted thoughts "self-censorship", and insights into how it collects these non-posts can be found in a recent paper written by two Facebookers. Sauvik Das, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon and summer software engineer intern at Facebook, and Adam Kramer, a Facebook data scientist, have put online an article presenting their study of the self-censorship behaviour collected from 5 million English-speaking Facebook users. It reveals a lot about how Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them.