What is wrong with crowd source data?

For past 5 years, I’ve been helping Facebook and Facebook Community to build and complete the geolocation and contact information of the locations available in our real world and made nearly 3000 edits in order to have more accurate information about the physical locations on internet. The Facebook geolocation information is very useful for navigational purposes, discovery of new locations and enabling people to get familiar with unknown areas and locations.

Developer Program

The Facebook Developers program offers unlimited access to applications and developers who want to use the location information and the public information about each location. The access to these information is only possible with registration of the application and verification of the developer account and the authentication token.

The data provided by Facebook for the developer program is mostly in “readonly” mode and they cannot alter and modify these information if even they had the highest permission. Of course we are talking about the public API and developer program of the Facebook and we may never know if they have any other “private” system to offer higher permission and access to the information.

Facebook Editor

Since the number of locations is nearly unlimited across the world and collecting the accurate information about every single location would be a challenge. To overcome this challenge and minimize the required hired human resources, they built the Facebook Editor system to take suggestions from users and based on the votes on these suggestions, make the edit with highest number of the votes permanent. So far there is nothing wrong with this method as it’s very cost effective and requires minimum hired human resources to make the job done. Among the social media giants, there are other companies like Foursquare which have used the crowd source data entry before and still using it up to today and they have achieved what they were after.

What is wrong with crowd source data?

Since the number of locations is nearly unlimited across the world and collecting the accurate information about every single location would be a challenge. To overcome this challenge and minimize the required hired human resources, Facebook built a system to take suggestions from users and based on the votes on these suggestions, make the edit with highest number of the votes permanent. So far there is nothing wrong with this method as it’s very cost effective and requires minimum hired human resources to make the job done. Among the social media giants, there are other companies like Foursquare which have used the crowd source data entry before and still using it up to today and they have achieved what they were after.

How it’s possible to corrupt the data?

As the time goes by, the hackers and those with wrong deeds and the methods they use to disturb the order changes. Nowadays, the hacking groups have public page on Facebook and they brag about their latest works and websites they’ve attacked and it seems no one even Facebook is doing anything about it. The new method that hackers use to corrupt the information is to create suggestions on crowd source data and ask their other members to vote on the change and since the final decision is made by a system based on numbers, the change become permanent.
While so many people are not aware of this, they use these information and an authentic source and in most cases the incorrect information mislead them and cause problem. The same way most of universities and education institutes prohibit their students to use the Wikipedia website as reference since the content is provided and authored by the people without confirmation of their credibility to author such content.

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