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Facebook’s Psychological Experiments Connected to Department of Defense Research on Civil Unrest

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Are you an activist? Facebook may have just received federal funding to psychologically evaluate your profile.

* One of the researchers who ran Facebook’s recent psychological experiments on 600,000 users received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the contagion of ideas. The experiment tested the emotions on social media by manipulating the content of personal feeds and measuring how this impacted user behavior.

* This research was connected to a Department of Defense project called the Minerva Initiative, which funds universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world.

* Facebook willingly participates in the NSA’s PRISM program by giving the agency unfettered access to user communications. We also know that the U.S. government has invested heavily in technology used to track and model the spread of opinions on social media.

The U.S. government is militarizing social media through a combination of technology and social sciences, and Facebook is helping them.

[More.](http://scgnews.com/facebooks-psychological-experiments-connected-to-department-of-defense-research-on-civil-unrest)

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