Is Facebook a bad influence on Google?

02/21/2012 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Google has been drawing fire for bypassing users' browser-privacy preferences and skewing search results in favor of Google+ content, prompting concerns that Facebook's trove of user data and social information is forcing Google to cut corners as it tries to play catch-up, says former Federal Trade Commission technologist Ashkan Soltani. While Google must draw inferences from search results and browsing history, Facebook "has the freedom to link your activity across their platform to a singular real name profile -- essentially the Holy Grail for advertising," Soltani says.

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