Facebook team behind controversial research could for years to take its course’




The Facebook team that was responsible for a controversial experiment in which the emotions of users were manipulated, was for years almost undisturbed take its course. Meanwhile, the team is bound to stricter rules.

Facebook Logo The data science team at Facebook got to the research on emotions imposed few restrictions, writes The Wall Street Journal. A member of the team could no questions were asked to set up a test, which Facebook users without them knew that if study population were used. There were even many tests conducted, researchers were concerned that the participants took part in more than one study at a time. The investigations to

In one case, thousands of Facebook users received the message that they were excluded from Facebook because the social network suspected that they were robots or used nepnamen. To gain access to Facebook again they had to prove their identity. In reality, Facebook did not think they were robots or fake names used, but the company wanted its measures against fraud testing. Other tests of the team concerned, for example, the mutual communication of families, the cause of loneliness and the way ethics spread through the social network.

Since early this year, a panel of internal experts in the field of privacy and security must consider examining once beyond simple tests. The company is considering further measures. Incidentally, Facebook also gets praise for his research: as prices outside researchers that Facebook shares many of his studies in scientific journals.

The data science team of the social network came suddenly in the news last week after it had a paper published a controversial experiment. It was the posts with a positive or negative tone increased in the timeline of the user to investigate what effect that had on the user. In practice, the more positive messages in his messages was also found to be positive; the same is true for negative values.

Facebook has since apologized for the “misunderstanding” about the investigation. Possibly wait the company an examination of the British and Irish privacy watchdogs.


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