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Facebook Mood Manipulation: 10 Bigger Problems
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User Rank: Apprentice
7/6/2014 | 1:06:46 AM
You get what you pay for?
This is stuff of 1984.  Why not let college campuses that adhere to ethical research standards voluntarily ban FB on college networks?  Why not outlaw FB for use by minors?


But, NSA invasions of privacy, the Patriot Act, warrantless police seizures of cell phones, Apple collusion to provide suppressive anti-recording technologies to law agencies, and so forth.  Why do you pay for these "features".  Technological innovations subvert human rights and is it worse that we think we can close the barn door after the horse has escaped or that we continue to pay these corporations and use their services knowing they oppose the well being of the human?  Vote with your wallet.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/6/2014 | 12:28:47 AM
First rule of Ad Club: Don't talk about feelings!
The uproar over this study is nuts.  For over fifty years corporate America has engaged in a practically no holds barred arms race to manipulate people's purchasing behavior largely based on things like impulse control (or rather the lack thereof), aspiration, and sex and power drive.  The majority of the public seems to have been fine with this and the media too, heck there have even been hugely popular and critically acclaimed shows like Mad Men on exactly this topic.  But when Facebook uses those very same methods to simply study people's behavior without trying to get them to buy some particular product there is this huge outcry.  I guess the real rule of social media business is : Shhhhh - don't wake up the sheep!
User Rank: Apprentice
7/5/2014 | 4:40:53 PM
Facebook isn't the problem here; it's the universities
I am not surprised at Facebook doing this, and I think it's clear, or shoudl be quite clear, that their agreement with users allows this kind of thing.  Anyway, it's clear these social network for-profit corporations employ algorithms filtering what we see in "timelines" and other so-called such views; that's one reason I don't see why users keep those filters/algorithms on and don't just use the raw stream.

The problem is that universities conducted ethics-impaired research.  It isn't only that the research subjects were unaware of the research, but also that the research did manipulate said users and had the potential to do emotional damage.  The code of ethics for any such social rsearch is clear in academic instiutions of any caliber.  This is a real outrage.  We should expect private companies to do this, especially when our user agreements with them are fairly clear, but we should not expect our academic institutions to take advantage as occurred here.  Especially as public funding and private donations can go ot such efforts individually and anyway support the operations of such institutions.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/5/2014 | 12:51:55 PM
Manipulation of US citizens
Corrupt USA government and the whole US economy is a Ponzi scheme 
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