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How Facebook's study of user's emotions might have violated ethical guidelines of social media.

This article titled “Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say” was written by Charles Arthur, for theguardian.com on Monday 30th June 2014 08.51 UTC

Researchers have roundly condemned Facebook’s experiment in which it manipulated nearly 700,000 users’ news feeds to see whether it would affect their emotions, saying it breaches ethical guidelines for “informed consent”.

James Grimmelmann, professor of law at the University of Maryland, points in an extensive blog post that “Facebook didn’t give users informed consent” to allow them to decide whether to take part in the study, under US human subjects research.

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