(Reuters) - The British data watchdog is investigating whether Facebook Inc violated data-protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on its users.
Facebook spokesman acknowledged that the experiment on nearly 700,000
unwitting users in 2012 had upset users and said the company would
change the way it handled research in future.
study, to find if Facebook could alter the emotional state of users
and prompt them to post either more positive or negative content, has
caused a furor on social media, including Facebook itself.
aware of this issue and will be speaking to Facebook, as well as
liaising with the Irish data protection authority, to learn more about
the circumstances," the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
spokesman Greg Jones said in an email.