Facebook Suggestions not Based on Location

Facebook suggestions are not based on location, despite reports from Fusion that stated otherwise . The story later changed again when it became clear that Facebook had experimented with recommending new friends based on city-wide location data to a small group of users last year but discontinued the project.

Fusion reported on the Facebook suggestion saga “Thanks to tracking the location of users’ smartphones, the social network may suggest you friend people you’ve shared a GPS data point with, meaning your friend suggestions could include someone whose face you know, but whose name you didn’t until Facebook offered it up to you.”

Facebook’s position is that the location-based recommendation experiment caused confusion on its communications team, and that’s how Fusion ended up with wrong information. There’s also this version that Facebook did use location data to make friend recommendations, then backpedaled when security experts compared the practice to NSA surveillance and pointed out that it might violate Facebook’s settlement with the FTC.

“We’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know,” a Facebook spokesperson reported. “We may show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you are part of, contacts you’ve imported and other factors.”

Well, no one knows what actually gets down or those factors which determine what friend recommendation to be made to users. But what we know is the location-based factor could be dangerous. Imagine people in the neighbourhood you don’t want to interact with sending you requests.

Could Facebook actually be denying this because of the negative feedback users are giving about this. Its just mysterious how you get suggestions about people you probably don’t know but because you happened to have been in the same place with them some time.

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