Cyberculture Agenda: Facebook 690,000-user psychology experiment…

Facebook is more than just a social network, it is also officially an online science laboratory. The company has revealed in a research paper that it carried out a week-long experiment that affected nearly 700,000 users to test the effects of transferring emotion online. The News Feeds belonging to 689,003 users of the English language version were altered to see “whether exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviors,” Facebook says. There was one track for those receiving more positive posts, and another for those who were exposed to more emotionally negative content from their friends. Posts themselves were not affected and…
Facebook’s experiment with manipulating the emotions of hundreds of thousands of users has quite rightly drawn criticism from people worried about the ethics of such a practice, no matter how scientific its approach.

Facebook’s massive psychology experiment likely illegal

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Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment – Robinson Meyer – Jun 26, 10:20 AM – Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world. But few users expect that Facebook would change their News Feed

Even the Editor of Facebook’s Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy – Adrienne LaFrance – Jun 26, 10:20 AM – Catching a glimpse of the puppet masters who play with the data trails we leave online is always disorienting. And yet there’s something new-level creepy about a recent study that shows Facebook manipulated what users saw when they logged into the

Facebook unethical experiment: It made news feeds happier or sadder to manipulate people’s emotions.

Slate – Katy Waldman – Jun 28, 5:50 PM – Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study “emotional contagion through

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment – Jun 27, 1:30 PM – Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of

Facebook’s Unethical Experiment

Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study “emotional contagion through social networks.”

Source: News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra (Australia) From Abstract: This report outlines findings from an international online survey of 711 academics about their use of social media as part of their work conducted in January 2014. The survey sought to identify the tools that the respondents used, those
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