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The Facebook Research

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:00


Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Jul 03, 2014

Short post in which I discuss the question of whether the Facebook research program is a vioolation of research ethics. My conclusion? It's not.

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Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:00


Adam D. I. Kramera, Jamie E. Guillory, Jeffrey T. Hancock, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Jul 01, 2014

To borrow from an old quote, it renders quaint normal concerns about research ethics. Facebook is performing experiments to manipulate users' emptions. From the paper:  "We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness." Via William Hughes.

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