Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
Facebook knows about the birthday gifts you bought on Amazon, has archived all your embarrassing high school breakup statuses, and knows exactly where your mom finds those religious motivational memes she sends to everyone. Unsurprisingly, it also has an idea about your political leanings. And even if you think you’ve managed to outwit Mark Zuckerberg by not posting that photo in your “Make America Great Again” hat, and keeping your political rants to a minimum, you haven’t.
The billion-user social media site collects data about you every time you log in. While that is primarily done to lure you into buying things by showcasing relevant ads, Facebook is also able to draw conclusions about how liberal, moderate, or conservative you might lean.
But there is a way to change that.
Under your settings, there is an ad preferences page. When you click through, you will see a list of categories including “news and entertainment,” “business industry,” “travel, places and events,” and “lifestyle and culture.” This last category will tell you exactly what Facebook knows about your views and how you live.
If “US Politics” doesn’t show up in the first two rows, click “See More.” When I found it, Facebook had surmised — accurately — my political viewpoint. And it knows other things too, like the fact that I live away from home, away from family, and am a proponent of profanity… damn.
The good news is that these designations can be removed with a simple click of an “X” in the top right corner.
However, opting out of those categories also means that your content will no longer be curated to your liking anymore. All those times you hit “hide” on clickbait-y Upworthy articles, and the political pages you liked or declined to like, those will no longer be factored into what content comes up in your Facebook news feed.
It’s worth noting that the carefully crafted news feed stories and videos that almost always show you things that you want to see, will instead show you all the unfiltered political news — including things you don’t agree with — or ads for items you would never buy.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died following a "medical emergency" before a training drill, according to an officials with the base.