More fallout for Facebook: journal cites “concern” over study, privacy group files FTC complaint


The furor over Facebook’s(s fb) controversial “emotions” study shows no sign of abating, as the journal that published the study issued an “Editorial Expression of Concern” on Thursday while privacy watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) called on the FTC to take action.

The outcry relates to an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that described how Facebook manipulated the emotions of nearly 700,000 users by exposing them to disproportionate amounts of positive or negative news in order to measure their response.

On Thursday, PNAS wrote in a short note that Facebook, as a private company, was not obliged to conform with the “Common Rule” for research on human subjects but suggested that the social network still engaged in questionable behavior:

It is nevertheless a matter of concern that the collection of the data by Facebook may have involved practices that were not fully consistent with the principles…

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