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    [–] Facebook's internal documents about how it made money off children to be released plato_thyself 4 points ago in conspiracy

    Story is about how Facebook allowed children as young as 5 to rack up thousands on their parent's credit cards with deceptive in-game purchases, but a deeper and more disturbing issue remains unmentioned: Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

    FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices.

    The allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers.

    The confidential document dated this year detailed how by monitoring posts, comments and interactions on the site, Facebook can figure out when people as young as 14 feel “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless”, and a “failure”.

    Such information gathered through a system dubbed sentiment analysis could be used by advertisers to target young Facebook users when they are potentially more vulnerable.

    [–] Federal judge unseals trove of internal Facebook documents about how it made money off children plato_thyself 183 points ago in technology

    Facebook ran an experiment in the past where they manipulated users news feeds to see if they could influence their emotions and found out they could do it quite easily. The researchers involved raised moral objections and found the project incredibly disturbing. Manipulating your feed was just the tip of a very deep and unsettling iceberg... Seriously, stop using Facebook and its products (including instagram).

    [–] Exposure to common household chemical may cause heart disease and cancer plato_thyself 4 points ago in conspiracy

    ss: Dichlorophenols (DCPs) are chemicals known to disrupt hormone systems. DCPs can be found in a variety of consumer and industrial products, such as deodorizers, antibacterial additives and even chlorinated drinking water. A new University of Minnesota School of Public Health study, recently published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, investigated two types of DCPs (2,5-DCP and 2,4-DCP) and found that exposure to them suggests a possible link with a higher prevalence of heart disease and cancer.

    [–] Massachusetts AG implicates wealthy family behind Purdue Pharma in opioid deaths plato_thyself 5 points ago in conspiracy

    ss: The Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma knew that its painkiller OxyContin was causing overdoses, yet continued to cash in as deaths mounted, the Massachusetts attorney general alleges in court documents filed Tuesday. The new memo spells out Healey's allegations that the Sacklers flooded Massachusetts with sales reps, influenced state legislation, and financially backed medical facilities and universities so they could tout Purdue opioids.

    [–] Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup now banned in France after court ruling plato_thyself 14 points ago in conspiracy

    ss: French authorities on Tuesday officially forbid the sale of a form of controversial weed-killer Roundup following a court ruling that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the widely used herbicide. Roundup, owned by Germany’s Bayer after its purchase of US agro-giant Monsanto last year, contains glyphosate which environmentalists and other critics have long believed causes cancer.

    [–] French court cancels Monsanto weedkiller permit on safety grounds plato_thyself 6 points ago in conspiracy

    ss: A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business. The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency concluded in 2015 that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic, an assessment cited by the French court in Tuesday’s ruling.

    [–] Amazon France Under Fire for Destroying Perfectly Good Unsold Goods plato_thyself 10 points ago in worldnews

    Capitalism has become so efficient it can almost send product straight from the factory into a landfill... free markets!