The Ultimate Social Data

Facebook is considering allowing scientists to evaluate its user data without breaching its privacy policies.

By | July 26, 2012

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With user numbers expected to hit the 1 billion mark in August, Facebook undoubtedly represents a goldmine for social scientists interested in data on people’s preferences and behaviors. But because of the social site’s privacy policies, getting access to the petabytes (1,000s of terabytes) of data is nearly impossible unless researchers are employees of Facebook. As a result, the findings and methods of papers published by Facebook scientists have gone unchecked due to lack of access to the raw data.

However, the company is exploring various scenarios that would allow third-party access to such data, according to Nature. For example, after the publication of a paper, interested scholars could travel to Facebook’s headquarters and have access to the aggregated data only, stripped of all personally identifiable information.

“We want to participate in the scientific process and we believe that there should be a way to have other researchers validate [our studies] without infringing on the policies that we have set with our users,” Cameron Marlow, head of Facebook's data-science team, told Nature.

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Avatar of: alexandru


Posts: 1457

July 26, 2012

"What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? ... Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God. " (Stephen Hawking - A Brief History of Time, From Big Bang to Black Holes)

Henry Schaefer - "The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, 'So that's how God did it!' My goal is to understand a little corner of God's plan." (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 23, 1991)


The only real problem for the scientists is to understand the soul and the spirit feedback.

Based on Adam mtDNA heritage, observed only at the puberty only in "the born boy's" seminal liquid (not in vitro made), I have developed a new bio-communication theory, Mitochondrial Adam DNA data transmission theory -
ISBN 978-606-92107-1-0:


However, this theory is not on face book....

Avatar of: Alex Traderman

Alex Traderman

Posts: 1

April 7, 2015

According to the terms of Facebook privacy policy, no third party can intervene into the privacy of personal details of any Facebook user, unless that third party is legally authorized to get access to this data. As a matter of fact, the scientists can’t get to the zillion bites of valuable information that might help and give the answers to the eternal question and contribute into the research and development of social sphere and related fields. On the contrary, Facebook data can be widely used to make accessions about users’ credibility regarding their financial behavior. Of course, no credit institution will ever use hidden data, but still, there’re doubts that such a controversial techniques as evaluating one’s trustworthiness in accordance with the contacts in social network or the groups of interests are less dangerous than a couple of professors trying to solve the mysteries of human social patterns. So how come lenders make conclusions and decisions about credit options according to the analysis of Facebook, while scientists still don’t have a smart soft to overcome and leave personal data unrevealed, but collect valuable statistic data online without bureaucracy and violation of privacy?

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