Facebook faces backlash from news feed manipulation experiment

Some users believe their privacy was invaded through making news feeds more positives or negatives

Seem a little down recently? Is it because a SCOTUS ruling didn’t go your preferred way? Or maybe your team was knocked out of the World Cup? Or perhaps, as happened to many recently, did your Facebook news feed seemed just a little more negative than usual?

However, the last possibility isn’t just coincidental: Facebook really did make some users’ Facebook news feeds more positively or negatively oriented in order to collect data in a joint experiment with academics at Cornell and U.C. San Francisco. As a result, some users are criticizing the tech giant for a lack of given consent and potential privacy violations.

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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