Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FB manipulated moods of 700,000 users w/o their permission

Dang. As a member of the IRB I find this fascinating. Cornell University and the University of California at San Francisco were involved and neither mentioned the need for some type of IRB review or consent forms?   What other manipulation experiments are being conducted that nobody is informed about? This should begin an interesting debate about what can be done with all this data and access to people that never existed before in the past. There are serious issues here. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28051930

Update: Guess what? People are not happy that FB manipulated their moods, but FB thinks that user agreements allowed FB, which already responds to your posted data about preferences and dislikes, to experiment with your mind. None of us should have been surprised, yet many are. Read more about it here http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/30/technology/social/facebook-experiment/index.html?iid=HP_LN

Next Update: Despite lots of unhappiness and press, FB is not apologizing and believes it had the right to do what it did, manipulating people's moods. It will be interesting to see what will happen. I bet at least 1 person will sue. Read more about it here http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/02/technology/social/facebook-apology/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 

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