Facebook ran secret psychological experiments on users
A report from a team at Facebook that was first published in a scientific journal earlier this month reveals that the social network ran secret psychological experiments on 600,000 users without their awareness.
The report, published in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences, stated that back in January 2012, Facebook changed those users' news feeds to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends. The paper stated:
Facebook's Data Use Policy does give the company broad access to conduct these kinds of experiments, stating that users agree to "data analysis, testing, research and service improvement" when they sign up to use the social network. The paper does state that a machine was used to handle this experiment and no personal data from those 600,000 users was accessed.
If you are a Facebook user, how do you feel about the fact that it's possible your news feed could be manipulated in this way by the company for research?
Source: The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences via AV Club
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I love how no one says anything about what the study actually showed. That just because your online friends are sad about their pathetic lives, that makes you sad about yours too. That should be what people really focus on.
Does Facebook give a monkies of course not there relying on peoples insecurity to make Billions!
Anyway I'm not a big fan and it seems they do all they can to kick me out.
Then that kid had way more wrong with them than seeing some Facebook post.
I mean are you serious right now? Really?
These are the same kids that go 'kill a bunch of people because they played Grand Theft Auto'
Your Friends @gmail.com. Six months later… Hey Ryan, thanks for participating in our research project. In accordance with our TOS, we have taken the liberty of adding everyone you sent an e-mail, text or called on your phone to your circles in Google+. Have a great day.
To call this emotional manipulation is a bit of a stretch wouldn't you say?
And if anyone's crying it's you. Child.
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That would be greeeaaat.
This power can be used for good. Posted via Android Central App
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/s its called keywords.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informed_consent Basically, it says that test subjects must be aware THAT they are part of an experiment and they are fully aware of possible consequences. In this latest Facebook fiasco, it seems to me that the issue is whether a small clause buried deep in the TOS sufficiently constitutes informed consent - whether one that is broadly implicit is sufficient for any experiment at any time without awareness or whether that merely enlists a user as being a candidate but a further step is required for each and every time. For example, some people may be receptive to being test subjects in general but have objections being involved in certain types of experiments. Therefore, Facebook failed the ethics part of human research in 2 ways: (a) that subjects should be aware they are in an experiment and (b) aware of the nature of the experiment. Both types of awareness do not invalidate results because subjects are randomized to study or control groups.
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2. The stupid.
3. The lazy.
If you have no issues with Facebook doing this, then ask yourself which of these 3 are you? If you don't know it's probably 2. Posted via Android Central App
I was under the impression that everyone knew that, already. Posted via Android Central App
I think you got rid of your account because you've received one too many drama-fests. Posted via Android Central App
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