Facebook Nabs Patent That'll Make You Rethink Adding Friends
Facebook's new patent describes a situation in which your Facebook friends' credit scores determine whether you're approved for a loan.By Leah Becerra | August 6, 2015
Facebook locked down a patent this week that might make you rethink who you "friend" on the site.
The patent, titled "Authorization and authentication based on an individual's social network," will do three things: better filter spam and offensive emails sent to the account you use to log in to Facebook, improve the ability to search for relevant content on the site and allow lenders to reference your account to determine credit approval.
That last one sounds a little intrusive, and the patent's description of what that might look like is no comfort at all.