Ready to be part of a FLoC? That’s Google’s acronym for a Federated Learning of Cohorts, a toolset supposedly engineered to help take the “psycho” out of psychographics. How? Well, instead of publishers using cookies to follow you around the web, your browser history will now be held by FLoC. So, instead of your data science team having to ingest a ton of anonymized user data and automating your messaging, FLoC will cluster and classify user behaviors before the data leaves the user’s device.
Said differently, people (you and me) will be assigned (based on our behavioral data) to various cohorts. Then, advertisers will target cohorts instead of cookies. All the normal rules still apply; you can’t target people who are going through a tough time, and you can’t target by belief, identity, sexual interest, etc.
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