Europe Isn’t Happy About Facebook’s News Feed Experiment

Ok now I’m out! I’m going to kill my Facebook account.

Clearly, this social media company has no soul. Just because their User Agreement has zillion legal loopholes shouldn’t mean FB should be editing posts if it’s users! Disgusting behaviour!


I have been thinking about a boycott for some time, largely because protecting privacy is too much work to justify it’s access. Add my dislike of the ads and interface, and it’s now time.

Goodbye Facebook. Just because millions of people like it and my friends and family connections will be less online, I’m out!

Lang/Oleary’s commentator even says “corporations are not your friend … Facebook (sic) and TMobile are acting atrociously…someone should be going to jail” (CBC)

I know it’s just not Facebook but stealing users posting integrity with an experiment is as bad as stealing money like TMobile is allegedly accused.

“T-Mobile, the “Most Pro-Consumer Company in the Industry,” Might Have Stolen Hundreds of Millions From Consumers”(Slate)

CTV reports…
Facebook manipulated 700K news feeds to study ’emotional contagion’
Marlene Leung,
Published Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:35PM EDT

“Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users in an experiment to see if the content posted in the feeds would have an effect on the users’ future posts.
A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that emotional states can be transferred to others via a process known as “emotional contagion.”(CTV)

TMobile stuffing customers invoices with false charges.
“The social media giant is in trouble with European privacy regulators over its controversial data research experiment

Facebook may be subject to investigations by European data protection groups following revelations that it manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users.(Time)


Facebook may be subject to investigations by European data protection groups following revelations that it manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users.

The social media giant admitted altering the news feeds of 689,000 users to show specific emotional expressions, as part of a data research experiment conducted over a week in January 2012. The revelations have generated outrage as Facebook did not inform users it was altering their feeds. The company says users give permission for research when they create a Facebook account.

But despite this claim, European privacy watchdogs are now attempting to determine whether Facebook has broken any privacy laws.

Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which regulates Facebook’s operations outside of North America, said in a statement: “This office has been in contact with Facebook in relation to the privacy issues, including consent, of this research. We are awaiting a comprehensive response on issues raised.”

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