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Manipulating Trust on Facebook

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2016 Last revised: 26 Mar 2017

Ari Ezra Waldman

New York Law School

Date Written: June 24, 2016


Facebook is built on gathering massive amounts of information from its users. To maximize the data it collects, Facebook relies on the trust we have in our friends to encourage us to share even more, and it designs its platform to reflect and leverage trust. But this strategy also manipulate us into sharing personal information with websites, advertisers, and third party partners we’ve never met or heard of. When it does this, Facebook crosses a line from social space to manipulative force.

Keywords: privacy, social networks, facebook, trust, sharing, disclosure

Suggested Citation

Waldman, Ari Ezra, Manipulating Trust on Facebook (June 24, 2016). Loyola Consumer Law Review, Vol. 29, 2016. Available at SSRN:

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