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Old 07-03-2014, 02:40 PM
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this was NOT the only experiment conducted.

Two years ago, thousands of Facebook users received a disturbing message. They read it, that their accounts will be closed, because Facebook thinks they are robots, or sign up on the site under a false name. It turned out, that their accounts have not gone away, and the whole procedure was only part of research to show the reaction of people to the prospect of losing access to Facebook.

Then they hid "a small percentage" of emotional words from peoples' posts, without their knowledge, to test what effect that had on the statuses or "likes" that they then posted or reacted to.
LATER on, and AFTER the "emotion" study Facebook changed its terms and conditions to allow data to be used for research.
However there's a huge difference between taking some data and running some analysis over it to find a trend and modifying what people see to change their emotional state. I would love to see a first class-action suit raised over this research.

But wait - there is an even more disturbing angle to the conducted experiments: it turns out that this research was connected to a Department of Defense project called the Minerva Initiative, which funds universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world.
We all know that Facebook willingly participated (and probably is still participating) in the NSA's PRISM program by giving the agency unfettered access to user communications. We also know that the U.S. government has invested heavily in technology used to track and model the spread of opinions on social media. Combine that with the fact that the U.S. Military got exposed in 2011 for developing "sock puppet" software to create fake online identities and spread propaganda, and you get the picture.

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits - WSJ
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