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When Facebook stopped working for a little while this past week, most blamed it on the site's usual hiccups. However, it was later revealed that it was due to a psychological experiment that the company conducted in order to learn about people's emotions on social media.
The study received instant backlash the moment it was revealed, and at the time we didn't even know the full scope. The most disturbing part of the story turns out to be that it is connected to a Department of Defense study called the Minerva Initiative. The initiative funds universities to model the dynamics, risks, and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world.
all the way back in 2008 the US Department of Defense was conducting studies on the dynamics of civil unrest, and how the US military might best respond. The name of the project: "Minerva Research Initiative" and its role is to " “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S."
The premise behind Minerva is simple: study how violent political overthrow, aka mass civil breakdown, happens in the day and age of social networks, and be prepared to counteract it - by "targeting peaceful activities and protest movements" - when it finally reaches US shores
I honestly don’t feel comfortable using Facebook anymore if it’s going to be used as a tool for social control.
originally posted by: [post=18103936]sixandone
The DoD is funding research programs at our universities, under the supervision of various US military agencies, to better understand how to control social unrest, and apparently they’re using Facebook, and who know’s what else, to experiment on us under the direction of this research program. I'm not sure I'll be using Facebook anymore, as it's looking more and more like it's becoming a social control tool of the impending police state.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: Chrisfishenstein
Why even have a Facebook account? I had one years ago and found it to be boring as all crap and never used it. Years ago, I canceled the account and haven't been back.
Why have one?
originally posted by: Bovah
Obviously some of you don't realize you CAN make EVERYTHING you post on fb PRIVATE to where only your "friends" can see it...
So no, jobs can't see it if it's private. No, a family member of whoever you are trying to date can't see it.
originally posted by: Chrisfishenstein
a reply to: WonOunce
You are comparing a personal telephone to a very public website....How are you able to justify that comment? On the phone you are privately speaking to someone you personally called or called you.
On facebook you are posting personal information very publicly for everyone to see...There is absolutely zero comparison between the two. ZERO!