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A company wants you to experiment on Facebook — by quitting

Reaction to Facebook’s controversial mood manipulation study dominated headlines for a week. Lawmakers called for an investigation. Governments did, too. Consumer groups filed complaints. And of course, users threatened to leave.

Now, a Dutch nonprofit initiative is calling on users to conduct their own Facebook mood experiment by quitting the site for 99 days and taking periodic happiness surveys to see whether they’re better off without it.

The “99 Days of Freedom” initiative was dreamed up by employees at Just B.V., a creative agency in the Netherlands. It started as an office joke.

“Like a lot of Facebook users, many of us were bothered by reports of secret mood experiments,” Just’s art director, Merijn Straathof, said in a press release. “As we discussed it internally, we noted an interesting tendency: To a person, everyone had at least a ‘complicated’ relationship with Facebook. Whether it was being tagged in unflattering photos, getting into arguments with other users or simply regretting time lost through excessive use, there was a surprising degree of negative sentiment. Then someone joked, ‘I guess that the real question is, ‘How do you feel when you don’t use Facebook?’ There was group laughter, followed by, ‘Wait a second. That’s a really good question!”

Just chose 99 days because it thought users would lose interest if the campaign ran longer and it would be hard to measure emotional change if it was shorter. Straathof stressed the goal isn’t to protest Facebook or undermine its business. “Facebook is an incredible platform, we’re all fiercely loyal users and we believe that there’s a lot to love about the service,” he said.

As of early Friday morning, more than 6,000 people had signed up for the campaign, which was announced on Wednesday. That’s barely a drop in Facebook’s billion-user bucket.

Even if the campaign called for leaving Facebook altogether, would it work? Cornell University conducted a survey which it published in 2013 showing a quarter of Facebook users take breaks from the site by deactivating their account, and one in 10 completely quit. The survey was based on responses from 410 people – not exactly representative of Facebook’s much larger user base.

However there were some interesting results. The researchers found that Facebook users who deactivate their account are more likely to know someone else who has also deactivated – perhaps a sign that if enough people get mad at Facebook, a mass exodus could occur.

But mass exodus would mean overcoming the network effect. That would be tough. People might be mad at Facebook, but it’s still the site people use to catch up with friends and family. You can’t just leave it for another site because your friends aren’t on another site – they’re on Facebook. Even if you quit Facebook, you might be using another network it owns like Instagram or What’s App.

But plenty of alternative social networks are out there – some popping up just in time to capitalize on anti-Facebook rage. Sobrr is one such Facebook alternative. In a way, it’s the anti-Facebook. Instead of tracking everything you do, the site erases everything every 24 hours.

Erasing everything is a promise we’ve heard before. Remember Snapchat’s supposed commitment to privacy? Users were told photos and videos sent through the app would disappear within ten seconds, but it turned out they were being saved without users’ knowledge.

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Facebook’s News Feed Experiment Probed by U.K. Regulators

Facebook Inc. (FB) is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. after a study showed a psychological experiment influenced what users saw in their news feeds, raising fresh privacy concerns.

A company researcher apologized on June 29 for a test in January 2012 that altered the number of positive and negative comments that almost 700,000 users saw on their online feeds of articles and photos. Disclosure of the experiment prompted some members to express outrage on Twitter about the research as a breach of privacy. The U.K. data regulator’s probe of the social network was reported earlier by the Financial Times.

A spokesman for the ICO said yesterday that the agency would be speaking with Facebook and working with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to learn more about the circumstances. The ICO is investigating whether the company broke data-protection laws, though it’s too early to tell what part of the law Facebook may have infringed, the Financial Times reported.

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s office has been in contact with Facebook on privacy issues, including consent in relation to the research, and is awaiting a full report from the company, said John O’Dwyer, a spokesman for the agency. Facebook’s compliance with European Union law is governed by Ireland, because its European headquarters are in Dublin.

“It’s clear that people were upset by this study and we take responsibility for it,” said Richard Allan, a spokesman for Facebook in the U.K., in an e-mailed statement. “We want to do better in the future and are improving our process based on this feedback. The study was done with appropriate protections for people’s information and we are happy to answer any questions regulators may have.”

Comment Experiment

According to a study published June 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the number of positive and negative comments that users saw on their news feeds was changed in January 2012. People shown fewer positive words were found to write more negative posts, while the reverse happened with those exposed to fewer negative terms, according to the trial of random Facebook users.

The data showed that online messages influence readers’ “experience of emotions,” which may affect offline behavior, the researchers said.

In a statement on June 29, Facebook said that none of the data in the study was associated with a specific person’s account. Research is intended to make content relevant and engaging, and part of that is understanding how people respond to various content, the Menlo Park, California-based company said.

“We carefully consider what research we do and have a strong internal review process,” Facebook said at the time. “There is no unnecessary collection of people’s data in connection with these research initiatives and all data is stored securely.”

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Facebook reveals news feed experiment to control emotions

It already knows whether you are single or dating, the first school you went to and whether you like or loathe Justin Bieber. But now Facebook, the world's biggest social networking site, is facing a storm of protest after it revealed it had discovered how to make users feel happier or sadder with a few computer key strokes.

It has published details of a vast experiment in which it manipulated information posted on 689,000 users' home pages and found it could make people feel more positive or negative through a process of "emotional contagion".

In a study with academics from Cornell and the University of California, Facebook filtered users' news feeds – the flow of comments, videos, pictures and web links posted by other people in their social network. One test reduced users' exposure to their friends' "positive emotional content", resulting in fewer positive posts of their own. Another test reduced exposure to "negative emotional content" and the opposite happened.

The study concluded: "Emotions expressed by friends, via online social networks, influence our own moods, constituting, to our knowledge, the first experimental evidence for massive-scale emotional contagion via social networks."

Lawyers, internet activists and politicians said this weekend that the mass experiment in emotional manipulation was "scandalous", "spooky" and "disturbing".

On Sunday evening, a senior British MP called for a parliamentary investigation into how Facebook and other social networks manipulated emotional and psychological responses of users by editing information supplied to them.

Jim Sheridan, a member of the Commons media select committee, said the experiment was intrusive. "This is extraordinarily powerful stuff and if there is not already legislation on this, then there should be to protect people," he said. "They are manipulating material from people's personal lives and I am worried about the ability of Facebook and others to manipulate people's thoughts in politics or other areas. If people are being thought-controlled in this kind of way there needs to be protection and they at least need to know about it."

A Facebook spokeswoman said the research, published this month in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, was carried out "to improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible".

She said: "A big part of this is understanding how people respond to different types of content, whether it's positive or negative in tone, news from friends, or information from pages they follow."

But other commentators voiced fears that the process could be used for political purposes in the runup to elections or to encourage people to stay on the site by feeding them happy thoughts and so boosting advertising revenues.

In a series of Twitter posts, Clay Johnson, the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama's online campaign for the presidency in 2008, said: "The Facebook 'transmission of anger' experiment is terrifying."

He asked: "Could the CIA incite revolution in Sudan by pressuring Facebook to promote discontent? Should that be legal? Could Mark Zuckerberg swing an election by promoting Upworthy [a website aggregating viral content] posts two weeks beforehand? Should that be legal?"

It was claimed that Facebook may have breached ethical and legal guidelines by not informing its users they were being manipulated in the experiment, which was carried out in 2012.

The study said altering the news feeds was "consistent with Facebook's data use policy, to which all users agree prior to creating an account on Facebook, constituting informed consent for this research".

But Susan Fiske, the Princeton academic who edited the study, said she was concerned. "People are supposed to be told they are going to be participants in research and then agree to it and have the option not to agree to it without penalty."

James Grimmelmann, professor of law at Maryland University, said Facebook had failed to gain "informed consent" as defined by the US federal policy for the protection of human subjects, which demands explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of the subject's participation, a description of any reasonably foreseeable risks and a statement that participation is voluntary. "This study is a scandal because it brought Facebook's troubling practices into a realm – academia – where we still have standards of treating people with dignity and serving the common good," he said on his blog.

It is not new for internet firms to use algorithms to select content to show to users and Jacob Silverman, author of Terms of Service: Social Media, Surveillance, and the Price of Constant Connection, told Wire magazineon Sunday the internet was already "a vast collection of market research studies; we're the subjects".

"What's disturbing about how Facebook went about this, though, is that they essentially manipulated the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of users without asking permission," he said. "Facebook cares most about two things: engagement and advertising. If Facebook, say, decides that filtering out negative posts helps keep people happy and clicking, there's little reason to think that they won't do just that. As long as the platform remains such an important gatekeeper – and their algorithms utterly opaque – we should be wary about the amount of power and trust we delegate to it."

Robert Blackie, director of digital at Ogilvy One marketing agency, said the way internet companies filtered information they showed users was fundamental to their business models, which made them reluctant to be open about it.

"To guarantee continued public acceptance they will have to discuss this more openly in the future," he said. "There will have to be either independent reviewers of what they do or government regulation. If they don't get the value exchange right then people will be reluctant to use their services, which is potentially a big business problem."

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Facebook changes News Feed algorithm to reflect video usage

Increasing numbers of Facebook users are watching video, so the company announced today new ways of making sure that users see the videos most relevant to them. Facebook notes that video viewership has doubled in the past six months.
A video’s weight in the News Feed algorithm will now take into consideration how long a user has watched a video, in addition to number of views and engagement metrics such as likes, comments and shares. People who watch more videos should see more in the future, and those who scroll past videos will likely see fewer videos.

Facebook explained the new ranking guidelines for videos in a blog post:

"The improvement we are making today considers whether someone has watched a video and for how long they watched it. We’re adding that to the factors we considered previously, which included likes, comments and shares. This change will affect all videos uploaded directly to Facebook.

This also helps us personalize News Feed based on people’s preference for watching video. People who tend to watch more video in News Feed should expect to see more videos near the top of their Feed. Conversely, people who tend to skip over videos without watching them should expect to see fewer videos.
In our early tests, this improvement resulted in more people watching more videos that are relevant to them."

Readers: How often do you post videos?

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World Cup 2014!
WORLD CUP: More Than 58M Facebook Users, 140M Interactions On Day One

More than 58 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 140 million interactions on the first day of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, on which host Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1, and Brazil’sNeymar was the topic of many of those interactions.

According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the top five social moments during Thursday’s action were:

1. Neymar scores Brazil’s first goal to tie the match at 1-1.

2. Neymar gives Brazil a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick following a controversial foul call.

3. The final whistle.

4. Oscar scores in extra time to give Brazil a 3-1 lead.

5. An own goal by Marcelo gives Croatia an early 1-0 lead.

The top five demographic groups discussing the match were:

1. Men 18 through 24.

2. Men 25 through 34.

3. Women 18 through 24.

4. Women 25 through 34.

5. Men 35 through 44.

The top countries in terms of conversations about the match were:

1. Brazil

2. U.S.

3. England

4. Indonesia

5. France

The five players who received the most Facebook buzz were:

1. Neymar

2. Oscar

3. Thiago Silva

4. Hulk

5. Marcelo


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WORLD CUP: More Than 58M Facebook Users, 140M Interactions On Day One

More than 58 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 140 million interactions on the first day of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, on which host Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1, and Brazil’sNeymar was the topic of many of those interactions.

According to the Facebook Data Science Team, the top five social moments during Thursday’s action were:

1. Neymar scores Brazil’s first goal to tie the match at 1-1.

2. Neymar gives Brazil a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick following a controversial foul call.

3. The final whistle.

4. Oscar scores in extra time to give Brazil a 3-1 lead.

5. An own goal by Marcelo gives Croatia an early 1-0 lead.

The top five demographic groups discussing the match were:

1. Men 18 through 24.

2. Men 25 through 34.

3. Women 18 through 24.

4. Women 25 through 34.

5. Men 35 through 44.

The top countries in terms of conversations about the match were:

1. Brazil

2. U.S.

3. England

4. Indonesia

5. France

The five players who received the most Facebook buzz were:

1. Neymar

2. Oscar

3. Thiago Silva

4. Hulk

5. Marcelo


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PayPal chief leaving for Facebook

PayPal chief David Marcus is jumping ship for Facebook.

PayPal parent eBay (EBAY, Tech30) said Monday that Marcus, who was named president of the unit in April 2012, "has made a career decision to focus on what he loves most -- leading smaller teams to create great product experiences."

In his new role, Facebook said Marcus will "lead our efforts in mobile messaging."

"Messaging is a core part of Facebook's service and key to achieving our mission of making the world more open and connected," the company said. "We're excited by the potential to continue developing great new messaging experiences."

EBay shares slipped 2.6% in after-hours trading Monday following the announcement.Facebook (FB, Tech30) shares ticked up 0.5%.

The move comes at a time when many analysts believe Facebook is poised to expand into the mobile payments business. The company is hoping to obtain regulatory approval for a mobile payments system in the United Kingdom, The Financial Times reported in April.

Facebook has also been active on the messaging front. It purchased mobile messaging app WhatsApp for a stunning $19 billion in February, and in April, it broke out its own messaging service into a standalone app.

Marcus' move to Facebook also comes on the same day that Amazon (AMZN, Tech30)launched a new service allowing customers to automatically pay recurring charges, such as monthly subscription fees or phone bills, using their Amazon log-in details. The new Amazon Payments feature will go head-to-head with PayPal.

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World Cup 2014 Is Already Bigger on Facebook, Twitter than Oscars

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has just kicked off, and after the opening match it’s already a bigger phenom than this year’s Academy Awards on social networks.

According to Facebook, the opening match Thursday — Brazil’s 3-1 defeat of Croatia — generated 58 million comments and more than 140 million interactions. That’s nearly five times as many posts as ABC’s Oscars telecast in March.

Twitter, meanwhile, said the Brazil-Croatia match produced 12.2 million tweets during the live telecast worldwide. By comparison, during the Oscars, 2.8 million unique users posted a total of 11.2 million event-related tweets, according to Twitter — led by Ellen DeGeneres’ much-retweeted staged selfie.

Facebook chatter about World Cup opener was led by 16 million Brazilian users — about 30% of the active users in the country — who had more than 40 million interactions about the match. The next most-active countries for the match were the U.S., England, Indonesia and France.

According to Facebook, the most active demo during the Brazil-Croatia match was men 18-24.

Twitter, which said users in more than 150 countries tweeted about the match, said that Brazilian star Neymar (@NeymarJr) was the most-tweeted-about player during the match. Neymar gained over 165,000 followers the day of the match, which is 10 times more than his normal daily follower growth average. Neymar now has more than 11 million Twitter followers.

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PayPal chief leaving for Facebook

PayPal chief David Marcus is jumping ship for Facebook.

PayPal parent eBay (EBAY, Tech30) said Monday that Marcus, who was named president of the unit in April 2012, "has made a career decision to focus on what he loves most -- leading smaller teams to create great product experiences."

In his new role, Facebook said Marcus will "lead our efforts in mobile messaging."

"Messaging is a core part of Facebook's service and key to achieving our mission of making the world more open and connected," the company said. "We're excited by the potential to continue developing great new messaging experiences."

EBay shares slipped 2.6% in after-hours trading Monday following the announcement.Facebook (FB, Tech30) shares ticked up 0.5%.

The move comes at a time when many analysts believe Facebook is poised to expand into the mobile payments business. The company is hoping to obtain regulatory approval for a mobile payments system in the United Kingdom, The Financial Times reported in April.

Facebook has also been active on the messaging front. It purchased mobile messaging app WhatsApp for a stunning $19 billion in February, and in April, it broke out its own messaging service into a standalone app.

Marcus' move to Facebook also comes on the same day that Amazon (AMZN, Tech30)launched a new service allowing customers to automatically pay recurring charges, such as monthly subscription fees or phone bills, using their Amazon log-in details. The new Amazon Payments feature will go head-to-head with PayPal.

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