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Facebook Study May Have Violated Principles Of Academic Research, Journal Says

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities examining people’s online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled, Associated Press gathered.

The experiment prompted privacy regulators in the U.K. and France to open inquiries into whether Facebook may have violated any laws.

In a note of contrition, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the decision to manipulate the content appearing on the Facebook pages of about 700,000 people without their prior consent may have violated some principles of academic research.

The journal also pointed out that, as a for-profit company governed by its own terms of service, Facebook had no obligation to adhere to those scientific principles.

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