Facebook said the news stories being shared were general in nature and not political. They came from a list of 100 top media
"It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently," Schroepfer writes. In the post, Schroepfer admits
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?
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.
The researchers' findings aren't exactly trivial. If positivity begets more positivity online, we may be overblowing the