The ethical problem with Facebook's emotional experiment

Facebook teamed up with academia to manipulate users' emotions in a week-long science experiment, but users had no idea they were test subjects. CNET's Bridget Carey explains Facebook's latest controversy.

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The world has yet another reason to distrust Facebook. This episode of CNET Update explains the emotional experiment Facebook conducted two years ago. Users are riled up now thanks to a recently published study of the findings. Facebook is being criticized over a lack of transparency in the experiment. Facebook didn't alert any of the participants, but says users were fair game for tests because the data use policy states information can be used in "research." By agreeing to a data use policy, do Facebook's users agree to be lab rats without consent?

Google's social network also makes today's tech-news roundup. No, not Google+, or that Buzz thing. It's Google's first social network, Orkut. After 10 years, Orkut is kaput. The network that was popular in Brazil and India will shut down on September 30.

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The ethical problem with Facebook's emotional experiment


 

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