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Facebook: Unethical, untrustworthy, and now downright harmful

Facebook's "Experimental evidence" hypothesis amounted to "let's see if we can plant unhappiness and make it spread." The hypothesis was tested on a large group of people -- and their networks -- that couldn't consent to the experiment, and had no way to actually track whatever impact it had on people's lives.

Facebook, once again, did what it's good at: tracking us, failing to get consent, and avoiding accountability.

Adam Kramer -- who worked on both studies -- posted a non-apology to Facebook that utterly missed the point, saying they were sorry about the way they had described the experiment while attempting to re-frame the concept of user consent as if it were a formality.

In classic Facebook style, he blamed users for being upset, as if news of emotional tampering in people's day-to-day lives was simply a misunderstanding that only anxious people worried about.

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3 Responses:

  1. mhoye says:

    The Reuters' picture from Sandberg's "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" press event was amazing.

  2. Jay says:

    It's ok to run A/B tests but don't you dare measure the emotional impact they have!

  3. Join the faceooks they said.... You can control how you use it they said... it s a great promotional tool they said...