Even our grunts could be monetised by Facebook

Online hysteria about Facebook reading text that is deleted before it is posted might not be entirely unfoundedAs Mark Twain observed: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” And that was a long time before the web. Which brings us to a meme that was propagating last week though social media. Its essence was an assertion that Facebook monitored – and stored – not only the stuff that its subscribers post on their Facebook pages, but even stuff that they started to type and then deleted! Shock, horror!The source of the meme was an article by Jennifer Golbeck in the venerable online magazine Slate. “The code in your browser that powers Facebook,” it states, “still knows what you typed – even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren’t entirely private. Facebook calls these unposted thoughts ‘self-censorship’.”

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