Here is more reason to leave Facebook for other social networks or, in my case, one’s own domain: Facebook has engaged in immoral psychological experimentation without its users’ expressed consent, and seeks to continue the practice for further financial gain. Marcus Wholsen at WIRED has the story. Here are a few key excerpts:
The idea that Facebook isn’t a content-neutral communication medium like the phone or email seems to generate constant surprise and outrage.
Facebook has every reason to manipulate the News Feed to optimize for whatever user engagement metrics correspond to the best returns for advertisers, which in turn correspond to the best returns for Facebook.
Most conspicuously absent from Schroepfer’s post is any suggestion that users can opt into or out of experiments like the emotional contagion study.