Privacy Group Wants Feds to Investigate Facebook Over Psych Experiment

Privacy advocates are asking regulators to investigate Facebook over the company’s recently revealed study that involved emotionally manipulating almost 700,000 users.

“The company purposefully messed with people’s minds,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said Thursday in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), first reported by National Journal.

“There should be no more secret manipulation of Internet users,” EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said.Earlier this week, an academic paper co-authored by a Facebook data scientist surfaced describing a 2012 study in which the company showed nearly 700,000 users either fewer positive or negative posts from friends.Facebook then tracked the emotional tone of those users responses to determine whether seeing negative or positive posts can change moods.