Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Privacy (2) Facebook's Mood Experiment

The challenge for any researcher investigating human behavior is that letting people know they're being investigated can prompt them to alter their behavior.  Information and consent can therefore confound research.  Ah but that's the very charge of researchers: that is, provide information and seek consent, as they must, and still protect the integrity of their methodology.  They need to draw on their ingenuity to strike this crucial balance.  So the answer to this young lady's question?  No, Facebook shirked its ethical, perhaps legal responsibility to its members.

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