OKCupid plays with our hearts without worry

The dating site conducted an experiment that falsified compatibility matches without telling users. When the results were published, OKCupid's co-founder said only two users complained. CNET's Bridget Carey explains the test and why it matters.

CNET Update wonders what's love got to do with it:


In today's episode, learn about the recent experiment OKCupid conducted on its users in the name of science, and why some see it as unethical. The dating site hasn't seen much push-back from users with the false match results. In an e-mail to CNET, OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder said on the day his post went up, the site only received two user complaints.

Facebook felt some heat recently for its own secret emotionally-manipulative experiment. But Facebook finds a new way to annoy some users this week. It will now require mobile users to download the separate Messenger app if you want to send private messages. In a few days, the main Facebook app won't include the Messages Inbox.

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