Facebook may be inadvertently revealing its users' sexual preference , concluded researchers from Microsoft and the Max Planck Institute who studied how advertisers target Facebook members. After setting up six test Facebook accounts, including one for a gay man, the researchers found that different ads were served to the gay user — even though his "interested in" dating preference was hidden. Worse, only half of the ads were clearly targeting gays. If the targeted gay user clicked on a seemingly neutral ad for, say, a nursing school, he would have, unwittingly, "published" his sexual preference. Does Facebook have another privacy scandal on its hands? Outing people is serious business: This "threat is real," says Jim Edwards at CBS MoneyWatch , both for closeted gay users and those misidentified as gay by Facebook's "comically" inept gaydar.
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He is known for co-founding Facebook, Inc. Zuckerberg took the company public in May with majority shares. In , at age 23, he became the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Since , Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award. At Ardsley High School , Zuckerberg excelled in classes. After two years, he transferred to the private school Phillips Exeter Academy , where he won prizes in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and classical studies.
In the last two months, Facebook has blocked me from posting at least three times. At the end of April, I called my friend Gabriel a fag in the comments section of a link I had posted and he liked my comment. We do that sort of thing all the time, but within a few hours, Facebook blocked me from posting for seven days.
Sure he's an accidental billionaire, but is he also a surreptitious same-sex savior? Though neither queer by orientation nor activist by nature, the creation of his social network has forever change the means by which homos, on and off the range, negotiate the terms of their lives. His digital quest for openness has picked the locks of closet doors for the last half-decade. In connecting the globe, he has enhanced the ability of LGBT individuals to connect to each other and reconnect with the world around them. Social media has changed the terms by which gay romancing is negotiated.