For the study, news articles that Facebook users' friends had posted appeared higher in their feeds -- the stream of status
"It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently," Schroepfer writes. In the post, Schroepfer admits
What Facebook did pales in comparison to what Madison Avenue and the marketing departments of corporations from Amazon to Zales do every day of the week, during the weekends, and especially during holidays.
It is not clear that Facebook broke the law -- the regulations apply technically to federal-funded research, but have been universally adopted by researchers as the standard. Facebook should agree to follow these guidelines as well.
The data scientists at Facebook set out to learn if text-based, nonverbal/non-face-to-face interactions had similar effects. They asked: Do emotions remain contagious within digitally mediated settings?
At this point, Facebook will start guilt-tripping you. "Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?" Facebook asks
The Facebook experiment should thus be a wake-up call that there are some very challenging issues ahead for privacy that we must think more deeply about. Facebook is in the spotlight, but move the light over just a little, and you'll see many others.
Scientists at Facebook is apparently playing with your emotions.
A newly published paper reveals that scientists at Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on hundreds of thousands