Ireland Examining Facebook After Emotions Study

The Irish data privacy watchdog said it will take a broader look at Facebook’s research practices, including previous research activity, to review the company’s use of personal user information, after a paper published in June showed how Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users to see the effect on people’s emotions. “We will be examining more closely the uses that Facebook is making of personal data for research purposes,” said Billy Hawkes, the data protection commissioner for Ireland.