Earlier this summer facebook released information on a study that it ran to see how specific posts can alter it’s users moods.
How did they do it? They promoted specific posts on users News Feeds and then listened in on it’s 1.3 billion users responses. Shocking right?
Of course this brought question to exactly how safe using their service could be and at what point did this never ending onslaught against it’s users privacy end. So last Thursday(after receiving tons of criticism) they developed a research framework and have finally released information and guidelines for their future studies. However, these guidelines still remain extremely vague.
What is this Framework and how does it work?
Projects now go through a review process to ensure they don’t impede on deeply personal user data during it’s process.
Further review is required if the work involves someone from the academic community.
Senior subject researchers then look at the potential project in collaboration with engineering, legal, privacy and policy team members.
Engineers now go through a six week training process.
Is something missing? What’s missing? Well i dunno, Consent maybe?
Read more here.