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Controversy over Facebook Emotional Manipulation Study Grows as Timeline Becomes more Clear
Forbes.com ^ | 6/30/2014 | Gregory S. McNeal

Posted on 07/06/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT by dalight

My colleague Kashmir Hill just reported that Facebook conducted their news feed manipulation four months before the term “research” was added to their data use policy, she writes:

However, we were all relying on what Facebook’s data policy says now. In January 2012, the policy did not say anything about users potentially being guinea pigs made to have a crappy day for science, nor that “research” is something that might happen on the platform.

Four months after this study happened, in May 2012, Facebook made changes to its data use policy, and that’s when it introduced this line about how it might use your information: “For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” Facebook helpfully posted a “red-line” version of the new policy, contrasting it with the prior version from September 2011— which did not mention anything about user information being used in “research.”

Kashmir’s story is worth reading in full, along with her earlier piece that digs deeper into the ethical and institutional review board issues, including a statement from Cornell “saying its IRB passed on reviewing the study because the part involving actual humans was done by Facebook not by the Cornell researcher involved in the study.”

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: facebook; facebookisthedevil; manipulation; markets
Facebook changed user agreement 4 months after controversial study was begun.
1 posted on 07/06/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT by dalight
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To: dalight
It simple, quit using Facebook
2 posted on 07/06/2014 11:06:51 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: drypowder
It simple, quit using Facebook

Or ignore their crap. Which I do.

AFAIAC FB is a tool for sharing pics of your dogs, your hobbies, grandchildren etc.

I have suggested to a couple of friends that FB is not the place to demonstrate their conservative ideology. FB/Google are far too leftist and nosy, as well as being a haunting ground of the US intelligence Stasi. After thinking about it, they agreed it was prudent.

3 posted on 07/06/2014 11:14:58 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: drypowder

Most folks I know pretty much have. But, think deeper. Social networking sites change and morph, but these tactics are available to the operators and now that they are public knowledge, the question is what should be done about it?

Imagine Google shaping the queries you do on their search engine, not just by whom will pay for “placement” but by how they will manipulate your thinking and opinions?


4 posted on 07/06/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT by dalight
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To: dalight

I’d like to drop it, but it’s just about the only place I can chat with my brother, plus I keep (semi-)business contacts with it.

I can’t just drop it completely, also, my best conservative buds are on it.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 11:18:18 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: dalight

If Facebook was altering feeds in 2012, were they altering news and headlines in favor of the Democrats for the 2012 election?


6 posted on 07/06/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Thorliveshere

I check once in a while to see pics of grand babies. Mostly, otherwise, I am somewhere else.


7 posted on 07/06/2014 11:20:21 AM PDT by dalight
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To: Thorliveshere
"it’s just about the only place I can chat with my brother" My brother has a phone.
8 posted on 07/06/2014 11:21:03 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: tbw2

No, I believe that was up to Candy Crowley and her friends.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 11:21:18 AM PDT by dalight
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To: tbw2
were they altering news and headlines in favor of the Dems for the 2012 elections?

There's no such thing as a source for objective news anymore. There's always an agenda and manipulation.

That's why I like FR. Here, people take the story and cut through the biax with open discussion.

10 posted on 07/06/2014 11:29:48 AM PDT by grania
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To: dalight

I don’t understand the whole “manipulated the newsfeed” thing. But then I only have one “friend” on my facebook, and that is my son. It’s how we pass stuff back and forth when he is out of state.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 11:30:14 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Excellence
I don’t understand the whole “manipulated the newsfeed” thing. But then I only have one “friend” on my facebook, and that is my son. It’s how we pass stuff back and forth when he is out of state.

Lets just say, you were the sort of person who has 300 Facebook friends, instead of just the one. Facebook chooses who's posts you see unless you choose specifically to force it to show you all of the posts that everyone makes..

Its all or what they suggest. This is the game. Then Facebook tailors what it suggests to you based on their "algorithm." If this is set up to filter out posts that would say things to you that they don't like.. they might cut these out, and the things they are pushing, or being paid to push, these magically show up.

But, this is deeper.. as Google uses a very similar system to prioritize what you see as a search result. Such that they could use your interactions doing simple searches to modify your mood, present a biased view of the facts in a specific situation, etc. This is the bigger issue at stake here..

We know and understand the economics that go with search engine optimization and how this pays for these services.. but they can be used just the same to do things that are not just about raising revenue for operations.

12 posted on 07/06/2014 11:37:04 AM PDT by dalight
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To: dalight
That's interesting. I hope they get taken to the cleaners. I've never used Google; I determined very early on that they are evil incarnate.
13 posted on 07/06/2014 11:49:29 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: dalight

Anyone that uses Facebook,Twitter..etc get’s exactly what they paid for.


14 posted on 07/06/2014 12:22:37 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Joe 6-pack

He’s not the phone-type. It’s easier with the messenger. Other people, yes, I like talking on the phone (and prefer it). Him, it’s different, I can catch him more than I can with a phone.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 12:36:18 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

LOL. I posted on FB that our current President should be promptly and summarily removed from office because he purposely, publicly denies the unique status of United States Citizenship. As the President says, “So sue me!”


16 posted on 07/06/2014 1:18:00 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

“Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia”

As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, Telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949.

God help us.


17 posted on 07/06/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
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To: grania

And nobody here ever goes postal on you just because they disagree with you. Oops, considering the number of times I’ve been sliced and diced by those who disagree with me I guess that’s not true.lol


18 posted on 07/06/2014 2:10:19 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

FWIW, I’ve toughened up. The jerks need a place to vent, so I just ignore the direct insult stuff. The problem is when they destroy a discussion thread.


19 posted on 07/06/2014 2:19:26 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

I don’t take it personally. Nor does it particularly upset me.

I do find it amusing in an ironic way that a few here employ the same ad hominum tactics used by the leftists we so abhor.


20 posted on 07/06/2014 3:25:55 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: dalight

I check once in a while to see pics of grand babies. Mostly, otherwise, I am somewhere else.”

That is what I do, too. But the other day I noticed that after I had been looking for a white denim jacket, it popped up store ads in my FB. So it is tracking us a lot.

So if anyone is shopping for guns and ammo, FB would get that. They probably know what food you might order from Amazon, so Moochie’s food Nazis know what you are doing.


21 posted on 07/07/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: cpdiii

“Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia”

You know this reminds me so much of where we are with Democrats and Republicans.. both on the take and playing games while they seriously propose people like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton for President.

But, as to the terms of 1984.. you are so right on the money.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 10:31:43 PM PDT by dalight
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