The direct push notification represents a much more aggressive approach to Facebook's political involvement. But what's really concerning is that these notifications require Facebook to geo-target users based on where they live.
If the company is leveraging its metadata (in this case, your geolocation) to disperse this message, what's stopping Facebook from targeting you based on other metadata it has, such as your age, gender, education level, or political views? There are basically no restrictions on how Facebook chooses to wield the vast amount of data it has on us -- something we researched for a deeper story about Facebook's ability to rig the election and their potential motives to do so.
To be clear, we're not trying to add any fuel to this dumpster fire of an election or float some half-baked conspiracy theory, but rather raise awareness around how much power and influence Facebook has over our opinions and behavior. In an era in which Facebook's algorithm serves up only the photos and news it decides we want to see, we should at least acknowledge the possibility that it could have its own agenda behind the scenes.
Oh, yeah, and go vote please.
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