Facebook is expanding its research activities in order to encourage the largest brand advertisers to spend more money on its online and mobile platforms.  Its research isn't really about objective scholarship--but about better targeting you and your network of friends and contacts.  For example, Facebook is using research to enhance how its Instagram acquisition can make more money, recently explaining that "Instagram is an incredible platform for marketers to influence the way people feel about the world." Facebook's

Facebook is in the business of delivering you and your network of friends and relationships to advertisers and marketers.  You are its product, that it serves up to fast food, credit, entertainment, alcohol, apparel, and even political campaigns.  Facebook's research department is all about improving how it helps getting individuals to better respond to marketing, especially the larges