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Monika Bickert is Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management. She was asked about reports of Facebook's "psychology experiments" by an audience member at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. This video is part of a discussion available here in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LH-dt72RTM In this digital age, many of the most pressing questions about free speech arise in cyberspace.
… of people (about 0.04 percent of users, or 1 in 2,500), for a short period (one week, in early 2012). Nobody's posts were "hidden," they just didn't show up on some loads of Feed. Those posts were always visible on friends' Timelines, and could have shown up on subsequent News Feed loads. And we found the exact opposite to what was then the conventional wisdom: Seeing a certain kind of emotion (positive) encourages it rather than suppresses it. Readers: What is your reaction to Facebook's responses to the controversy? …
… of those users' moods. OK so. A lot of people have asked me about my and Jamie (UCSF Post-Doctoral Fellow Jamie Guillory) and Jeff's (Cornell's Jeff Hancock) recent study published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science), and I wanted to give a brief public explanation. The reason we did this research is because we care about…