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Facebook users angry over mood manipulation study

Facebook users are angry over the social media site's mood manipulation study.
They say the site was snooping, gathering data and manipulating messages.
   
Those who complain need to read the fine print.
Here's something you probably aren't going to "like" Facebook messing with your emotions all in the name of research.

They're basically turning hundreds of thousands of users into guinea pigs, which we apparently agreed to when we signed up for the service.

Back in 2012 -- Facebook adjusted the news feeds of 700-thousand members to try and see if happy posts made them sadder or the opposite.

It's based on the premise people get depressed watching other people's Kodak moments on screen.

They shouldn't be doing that at all and I believe it's wrong to do so and, you know, happiness is personal.

The problem Zuckerberg and company didn't ask for permission from their study subjects.  They gleaned it from that terms of service page we all zoom past.

A lot of times when you're doing this sort of psychological research, you do need informed consent from the subject and by clicking on the terms were we really giving informed consent?

With all the information in the world right at our fingertips at all times.  Some people merely shrugged their shoulders at the Facebook created emotional turmoil...

With all marketing and advertising that's going around, I guess I'm not surprised, probably helps them tailor their ads a little better

You can't really stop 'em, but I don't think they should be able to do it.
With the data of more than a billion users worldwide.  Facebook knows more about you than you than your mom.  If you want that change it might be time to do more than scroll past the 9000 word service agreement.

Mr. Zuckerberg says there is no more privacy anymore and that's unfortunate. I believe in privacy,

If you want that change it might be time to do more than scroll past the 9000 word service agreement in San Francisco, Andria Borba, KPIX5
   
Facebook's mood manipulation experiment lasted a week.   And it isn't revealing which users were affected.