Facebook Zuckerberg touts user data as a “superpower” as Covid-19 symptom survey should be rolled out worldwide – RT World News

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    Une enquête Facebook permettant aux utilisateurs américains d'auto-signaler les symptômes de coronavirus (et de révéler leur propre infection «présumée» à la plate-forme) se développe à l'échelle mondiale, alors que le PDG Mark Zuckerberg vante les données comme une «nouvelle superpuissance».

L'outil de vérification des symptômes du géant des médias sociaux, développé avec l'Université Carnegie Mellon, a publié lundi son premier ensemble de données sur les utilisateurs américains, réaffirmant ce que les professionnels de la santé soignant ses victimes connaissent déjà du coronavirus - il semble se regrouper dans des zones urbaines à haute densité. comtés, et est extrêmement rare dans les régions rurales. Ce que l'enquête manque de précision scientifique, elle sera bientôt de portée mondiale, car l'outil se développe mercredi dans le monde entier.

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Zuckerberg praised the data, collected with respect for user privacy and human rights, he insisted, because humanity ” new superpowerIn a Washington Post editorial published to coincide with the release of the data. The social media mogul claimed that the self-reported information gathered from the survey “put us on the road to recovery.

Aware of the platform’s high-profile missteps regarding user data, Zuckerberg was careful to point out that the fight against coronaviruses “ shouldn’t mean sacrificing our privacy. But while the Carnegie-Mellon tool claims that it does not share any information on Facebook on symptoms reported by users, the simple fact of clicking on the tool indicates to the platform that a person has symptoms – a data point which could mark them for closer monitoring, taking into account reports of a possible follow-up collaboration between Facebook and Washington.

Aside from privacy concerns, the tool – launched earlier this month – also excludes a large part of the population most exposed to the coronavirus: the elderly, who are underrepresented on social media. Municipalities trying to formulate a policy based on Facebook data (which is one of Zuckerberg’s stated intentions) could ignore information about this vital group.

While university researchers first said that they would only deploy the survey internationally ” if the results are useful“The usefulness of these self-reported symptoms is unclear. Coronavirus shares symptoms with multiple respiratory and other conditions, and while the US Centers for Disease Control has ordered doctors to cite the virus as the cause of death in all cases ” presumed“Deaths from coronavirus without testing is not the way medicine or epidemiology is traditionally conducted – especially when there are tests for the virus. If each “dry coughAnd shortness of breath is reported as a case of coronavirus, the numbers are likely to be grossly inflated and could lead to overly cautious policy, or even panic.

Accuracy, however, may not be the issue. Zuckerberg told the Verge that the goal of making the investigation global was to overcome the resistance of some governments to report the cases.

Frankly, some of these governments are not keen on the world knowing how many real cases there may be, or how it is spreading in their country. It is very important to disseminate this data.



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Although Facebook insisted, it does not plan to ” to interpret“Data researchers glean from his platform, he’s partnered with New York University and Cornell University to do just that using machine learning (artificial intelligence).

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