Facebook Engages In Social Experiment To Manipulate Your Emotions
Posted by satyrikon στο Ιουνίου 29, 2014
» I bet you thought Facebook tweaked your feed to provide you with «relevant» information you might find useful.
What if you found out that instead they «tweaked» it in an attempt to determine whether they could manipulate your emotional state?
Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published inThe Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. It shows how Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased…
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