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. We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues.
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"Because Facebook is not affiliated with a university, it would not have to bother with IRB approval; it’s possible that all Facebook had to do was tell the PNAS that it adhered to its own internal research ethics. "
Because it's not affiliated with a university it falls under federal regulations set up since the 60s and 70s requiring explicit consent (ToS does not count) for any medical or psychiatric experiments.
Seems like an excellent way to have people stop using your service. Well done Facebook!
That is correct. Now I want the dates, from x to y, posted. And I want families of people who used Facebook regularly to get those dates. If the families had family members who committed crimes, became extremely depressed and committed harm to self and/or others, to know those dates. Facebook use can be documented. if it can be documented the behaviors of those people at risk can be correlated with Facebook's experiment, then I think a massive civil suit is in the making. Inexcusable behavior on Facebook's part.
I would respond to this but I have to wait to receive guidance from Facebook. lol
The things in play here are much wider than people realize. We now live in a media driven society where people mistakenly feel they are " informed" when in reality they're driven. The extra part of this equation is that the "law" now is very subjective as well. So there may be a law but that laws writers and enforcers are not subject to it or the regulations it implies.
So since we are media driven someone says we will protest, file a lawauit, start a rebellion etc. someone else see'zs that says oh good someone is going to do something about it and moves on forgetting it completely then nothing gets done. It is pack mentality in all reality and one of our basic instincts to follow the pack for safety reasons.
This applies to everything in our society nowand is easily viewable. Take talk radio as a general example. The individuals who listen to it automatically assume there are hundreds in the room and follow that pack mentality, the host be it kurmet the frog or Rush Limbaugh are delivering a message to the audience, that audience feels group empowered because of the general acceptance of being said group, the leader better known asthe host delivers whatever message theyhave been paid and or influenced to deliver. Then the audience feeling the power of the group or pack and also spreads.said meessage given the orater that much more power and enlarging said pack.
The problem is the rules are in no way universal and you have been given as much info as you need and nothing more. Mark Zuckerberg and his business and varrying groups are part of the group to which the "rules" do not apply as are all politicians in office and many after being so at some.period.
So under our collect mass consciousness where we think falsely to an extent that we're "informed" we as a mass follower our leader's and do what they say. I would go as far as to say slavery never ended it just changed methods of enforcement and reception. That is unless someone on uere is going to file a lawsuit which I really doubt as I am sure that will be forgotten now that it was said as I previously stated.
Next time we go to an election we will also vote for one of the two choices given neither of which will ever do anything they said or that will change this current MOO (method of operation) as that would not benefit them in any way. We are however also completely defeated as a society until someone does something to change it which now that you have read this you will do nothing about it because I am right?
I think that the experiment in itself was quite cool (please don't kill me) but I do agree that they should have asked permission. However, taking Facebook's side, asking permission may have altered the constants of the experiment. I don't know which side to take.