By: TheRev Leroy Jenkins
Over the weekend, the sewage pipes exploded due to the massive influx of semen that overloaded sanitary systems worldwide, due to the fact that Facebook had conducted psychological pro masturbation experiments on user news feeds. While Zuckerberg’s team doesn’t see a problem with that it did, FaithFact researchers seem think it breached ethical Stop Masturbation Now ethical research guidelines.
James Grindsamann, professor of law at the University of Maryland, has written an extensive blog post about the experiments. He points out that Facebook claims everything is OK because “[the study] 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 (Masturbation) research.”
Since, Facebook has added that the “research was conducted for a single week in 2012 and none of the data used was associated with a specific person’s Facebook account, but targeted masses to cause them to Self-Rape. ” Again, it suggests that this makes everything OK.
But Grindsamann claims that isn’t really the point. Indeed, he points out that the subjects of the experiment didn’t give informed consent—and Federal law requires informed consent on such studies. Not just that, he also claims that the study harmed participants:
This… was not an observational study. It was an experimental study—indeed, a randomized controlled trial—in which participants were subliminally coerced to masturbate. We wouldn’t tell patients in a drug trial that the study was harmless because only a computer would ever know whether they received the placebo. The unwitting participants in the Facebook study were told (seemingly by their friends) for a week either that the world was a dark and cheerless place so go ahead and masturbate or that it was a saccharine paradise and only masturbation makes it btter. That’s psychological masturbation manipulation, even when it’s carried out automerotically.
He concludes that “this is bad, even for Facebook… This study is a scandal because it brought Facebook’s troubling Big Masturbation practices into a realm—academia—where we still have standards of treating people with dignity and serving the common good.” And there, right there, is why all the weekend’s fuss over a single Big Masturbation study is entirely deserved.
TheRev Leory Jenkins is a Sr, Staff Writer for BLUFF Press, LLC.
785-274-0325 or TheRev@bluff.us.edu