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Old 11th July 2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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Are you "interested in treason"?

Facebook labels Russian users as ‘interested in treason’

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Facebook’s advertising tools algorithmically labelled 65,000 Russians as interested in treason, potentially putting them at risk from the repressive state, until the company removed the category, following inquiries from journalists.

The labelling raises new concerns over data-driven profiling and targeting of users on the website, which has already faced criticism for the same tool algorithmically inferring information about users’ race, sexuality and political views despite data protection legislation requiring explicit consent to hold such information.

Facebook said the label was intended to only identify historical treason. “Treason was included as a category, given its historical significance. Given it’s an illegal activity, we’ve removed it as an interest category,” a spokesperson said.
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Old 12th July 2018, 02:29 AM   #2
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Yikes.
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:17 AM   #3
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Does "A planet called treason" count?
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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Lots of Republicans here would fit that pretty well.
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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I'm interested in treason. Not very interested. But at least mildly interested.
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:31 AM   #6
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As would be anyone interested in stopping Brexit if a certain poster had his way!
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:33 AM   #7
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I'm a Voyeur - I'm interested in other people's treason.
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Old 13th July 2018, 08:19 AM   #8
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If we weren't interested in Reason, we wouldn't be here on a Skeptic site.
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Old 14th July 2018, 09:59 AM   #10
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Why would we assume only the Russians were interested, and why only in Russians?

Russians might want to find Americans for conversion, CIA find Russians to use as spies, Israelis looking for potential Iranian turncoats....
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