Saturday, April 19, 2014

Facebook Expands Services Using Personal Genetic Information.....

Menlo Park, CA- In an effort to further personalize the experience for Facebook users, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a variety of new services incorporating personal genetic information.

"This is a huge leap forward in the use of social media to improve lives and to bring people together," Facebook Vice President of Econogenetics Mort Fishman, MD explained. "People can now use Facebook to discover their family history, diagnose rare diseases, find perfect matches for organ and bone marrow transplant and even settle questions of paternity. And the best part is that you don't even need to do anything to be included. You don't even need to be an active user. We already have the information!"

Facebook is aware that some people may be wary of what could be perceived as an invasion of privacy, and they have gone to great lengths to ensure that every active user feels in control of their personal genetic information. Using a daily "opt out" algorithm, users can easily restrict public access, making it available only to friends and the government for up to twelve hours. According to Dr. Fishman, active users have nothing to fear. "We've thought about this a lot, and there just doesn't seem to be any downside. Just accept that this is happening."

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