Facebook’s First Priority Is To Screw With Its Users

Here is more reason to leave Facebook for other social networks or, in my case, one’s own domain: Facebook has engaged in immoral psychological experimentation without its users’ expressed consent, and seeks to continue the practice for further financial gain. Marcus Wholsen at WIRED has the story. Here are a few key excerpts:

The idea that Facebook isn’t a content-neutral communication medium like the phone or email seems to generate constant surprise and outrage.

Facebook has every reason to manipulate the News Feed to optimize for whatever user engagement metrics correspond to the best returns for advertisers, which in turn correspond to the best returns for Facebook.

Most conspicuously absent from Schroepfer’s post is any suggestion that users can opt into or out of experiments like the emotional contagion study.

Routine Himalayan Bus Ride

That’s a great, big bucket of NOPE!

Telly Savalas: “If”

The 70s were weird, man.

Who loves ya, baby?

President Obama’s Statement On Keeping The Internet Open And Free

Update: “My Plan for a Free and Open Internet

Kim Kardashian Obliges The Interwebs

Kim Kardashian, in an effort to capitalise on her only real assets, has posed for a photo shoot with Paper magazine (NSFW). Naturally, she was naked and slathered in oil, much like her wedding night, I’m sure.

UPDATE 11/14/2014: Kim Kardashian Makes Fresh Coffee

This Is How Stunt Doubles Are Born

Benedict Cumberbatch Doing 11 Impressions in 60 Seconds

Cumberbatch plays The Imitation Game.

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