Facebook Inc will still study the News Feed, but will improve upon it

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In July, it was revealed that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) experimented with the News Feed to show how users responded when being shown positive stories versus negative stories.

There was user outrage so Facebook changed its research terms. This past week, Facebook said that it will continue to research. However, they will be much more responsible about the way that they research.

Facebook created an internal review panel with members of different departments at the company. The departments include engineering, legal, and privacy. New Facebook employees will learn about ethical research as part of a six-week training program.

“We were unprepared for the reaction the paper received when it was published and have taken to heart the comments and criticism,” he wrote. “It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently. For example, we should have considered other non-experimental ways to do this research. The research would also have benefited from more extensive review by a wider and more senior group of people. Last, in releasing the study, we failed to communicate clearly why and how we did it,” said Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer in a blog post.


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