If you smiled as you looked at pictures of one of your friends, for instance, Facebook’s algorithm would take note of that and display more pictures of that friend in your News Feed.
Another example included in the patent application explains that if you looked away from your screen when a video of a kitten played, Facebook would stop showing similar type of videos in your Feed.
Each character is battling to take control of their life when the personal, cultural and political odds are stacked against them.
"We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patents should not be taken as an indication of future plans,” said a Facebook spokesperson.However, the document raises yet more concern about a company that, in 2014, was found to have secretly manipulated hundreds of thousands of users’ News Feeds as part of an experiment to work out whether it could affect people’s emotions.A) I’m lucky enough to have had two historical thrillers published by Quercus in the last few years: is about a US Army deserter turned human trafficker, the desperately poor young Vietnamese woman he tries to ensnare, and how their paths cross with a former highflying businessman, now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the government.The context to the novel is bleak but, in a way, it’s a redemption story really – and a story of self-determination.The new notification, which was announced earlier this week, is not an indication that Facebook itself has been hacked.
Instead it is triggered by malware on the users' computer or smartphone that is being used to try and access your Facebook account.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos announced the news on the hugely successful social network's blog."While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored," he wrote."We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts."Facebook has said it cannot reveal how it attributes whether the attack is coming from a nation-state.
But it has confirmed it will only roll-out the new notification "where the evidence strongly supports our conclusion."In a nutshell, if you see this Facebook notification you should take it very seriously."We hope that these warnings will assist those people in need of protection," Mr Stamos adds."And we will continue to improve our ability to prevent and detect attacks of all kinds against people on Facebook."Users who receive the warning should rebuild or replace any computer system which may be infected by the malware, Facebook recommends.
In another case, the document says that if you happened to watch an advert for scotch, Facebook could choose to target you with more adverts for scotch.
The patent application was submitted in February 2014 and published in August 2015, but was only recently spotted, by CBInsights.
The document explains how the company would use technology to see how your facial expressions change when you come across different types of content on the site.