Emotion-Manipulation Study Gets Facebook in Big Trouble


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Facebook Faces Investigation in UK Following Emotion-Manipulation Study

That’s the smaller trouble. Here’s the big one:

Facebook Emotional Experiment Linked To Pentagon Research On Civil Unrest
‘Facebook’s controversial “emotional study”, which subjected over half a million unwitting users of the social network to a psychological conditioning experiment, has direct ties to research funded by the Department of Defense concerning the likelihood of civil unrest.

‘The Facebook scandal hit the headlines this week, as it was revealed that the company participated with a federally funded UCSF study into how emotions can be swayed on social media by controlling the content of personal feeds and deciding whether to show negative or positive material.

‘While that fact in itself is disturbing, it seems that the rabbit hole goes even deeper.

‘Bloggers and online sleuths have since highlighted that the research appears to be at least in part connected to a Pentagon-led project called the Minerva Initiative.

‘Researcher and London Guardian writer Nafeez Ahmed has noted that the project provides “funding to universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world.”

‘In other words, the DoD wants to master how to predict, prevent, manipulate, control, and even instigate mass civil unrest. It wishes to do this by developing “operational tools” related to “social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces.”…’

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