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Corporate Research Ethics: Whose Responsibility?Corporate Research Ethics

Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD
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From Columbia University, New York, New York.

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1669.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD, Center for Bioethics, Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, 3-470, New York, NY 10032; e-mail, js1115@columbia.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: J.R. Simon.

Drafting of the article: J.R. Simon.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: J.R. Simon.

Final approval of the article: J.R. Simon.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: J.R. Simon.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(12):917-918. doi:10.7326/M14-1669
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The recent publication of a study conducted by Facebook, which manipulated the amount of positive or negative material that users saw in their Facebook newsfeeds, has provoked much critical comment. This commentary explores the role of the academic researchers and editors in publishing the study and evaluates their responsibility to protect research participants.

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