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Facebook Mood Experiment Draws FTC Complaint
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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/11/2014 | 3:02:30 PM
Re: Keeping Facebook ethical.
Exactly -- Facebook's partners in the experiment are also being scrutinized for how they handled the review process. This should have been flagged.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/9/2014 | 9:15:57 AM
Re: Keeping Facebook ethical.
I can imagine a time when government could use Facebook to get buy-in for a war, for example, or a major change in Social Security by using FB for funneling its propoganda. Or a corporation could use it in a similar manner, way beyond advertising or marketing, by manipulating user posts. It may seem a bit far-fetched now but before news of this 'experiment' emerged, it probably seemed even more out of the realm of possibility. 
Alison_Diana
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7/9/2014 | 9:13:00 AM
WTG, Epic
From my understanding of Epic's complaint, Facebook amended its ToS after it had begun its so-called experiment. I'm no lawyer, but surely one party cannot change the terms of a contract and still expect the contract to stand unless the other party also agrees to the new terms? Sure, users expect ads. But being turned into emotional guinea pigs steps far over the line.
dhonigman-g2
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dhonigman-g2,
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7/8/2014 | 2:37:46 PM
Re: complain pre-emptively
This is a great point to make, as platforms like Facebook have multiple revenue streams. Advertising is one part of it, but another is the data behind user profiles. Anytime you sign up for a free service, there are other costs involved. Privacy might just be one of them.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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7/7/2014 | 11:54:23 PM
Re: complain pre-emptively
It's important for people to remember what Facebook really is. On the social network, the users are the product. User data is being utilized to study behavioral aspects of marketing. That's what these studies are all about: Understanding the behavior of people to better sell products and services. 

This is what Google does. This is what Twitter does. And this is what Facebook does. These services are not free, they are just structured in a way so that we think that they are. The user data is super valuable to these companies. 
vnewman2
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7/7/2014 | 2:52:49 PM
Re: Keeping Facebook ethical.
Typically you need to get informed consent from the subjects before subjecting them to any kind of psychological testing and I think Facebook using their terms of service agreeement as a catchall is fairly underhanded...
Andre Leonard
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Andre Leonard,
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7/7/2014 | 2:32:09 PM
Keeping Facebook ethical.
Good move filing this complaint. Facebook needs to be scrutinized in relation to this revelation.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/7/2014 | 1:57:43 PM
complain pre-emptively
Privacy organizations should just prepare complaints as soon as there's a consent decree because there's no way these companies will abide by their commitments. 


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