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Mark Zuckerberg Q&A: Dislike Button, Ferguson, Graph Search, News Feed Study Controversy

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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his second public question-and-answer session Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and topics that came up included whether or not Facebook will add a dislike button; the social network’s role in discussions about issues such as the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.; whether Graph Search will launch in other languages; and the controversial News Feed study by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco.

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Facebook Promises Revamped Research Policies

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Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer issued the social network’s strongest response to date to the controversy over a 2012 study in which the News Feeds of 689,003 randomly selected Facebook users were manipulated in terms of positive or negative stories to gauge their emotional effects, promising in a Newsroom post that changes would be made to the way Facebook conducts research, including clearer guidelines, review teams, training, and a portal for all of the company’s research.

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Did Facebook’s Controversial 2012 News Feed Study Run Afoul of Maryland Law?

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The controversial 2012 study conducted by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco — in which the News Feeds of 689,003 randomly selected Facebook users were manipulated in terms of positive or negative stories to gauge their emotional effects — caused some issues for Facebook in Washington, D.C., and across its user base, and the study may actually have been illegal, at least in Maryland.

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Facebook’s Controversial News Feed Emotions Study Draws Washington’s Attention

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A study Facebook conducted in 2012, along with Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds, has drawn quite a lot of attention over the past couple of weeks, most of it negative, and now the government is getting involved.

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Facebook Head Of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert On Study: ‘That’s Innovation’

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Facebook executives continued to respond to the controversy over the recent study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods. But the latest to chime in, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert, was not as apologetic as Data Scientist Adam Kramer, one of the study’s co-authors, or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

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Sheryl Sandberg On Controversial Facebook News Feed Study: ‘Poorly Communicated’

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the controversy over a study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods.

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Facebook Responds To Flak Over Study That Tinkered With Users’ News Feeds

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Facebook has caught a lot of flak for a recent study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods.

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