Social media buzz: Hobby Lobby case, social media experiment

Two issues that got USA TODAY Opinion readers talking this week: the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and the experiment Facebook conducted on some of its users.


  1. Do you believe the Supreme Court make the right decision when it ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby?

  2. Ed Andrieski, AP
  3. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of corporations on Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., giving corporations the right to claim religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
  4. Our View:
  5. What people are saying inside USA TODAY:
  6. everyone wants their cake and eat it also, but who is going to get stuck paying for it...yep the government!
  7. Nancy Benefiel We do not need to shop at Hobby Lobby. Like · Reply · 22 hours ago
  8. It was definitely a mistake... It didn't go far enough.
  9. What others are saying outside USA TODAY:
  10. Should Facebook have conducted an experiment on its users without their consent? 

  11. A study recently published by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Cornell and Facebook suggests that social networks can manipulate users' emotions by altering what shows up on their news feeds. 
  12. We asked USA TODAY Opinion readers this question on Facebook and received these results:
  13. What do you think of the psychological experiment Facebook conducted on 700,000 users by manipulating the content users saw on their news feeds to see if it would impact the users’ emotions?

    A. I’m apathetic about the experiment because we have such little privacy on the internet anyway. We shouldn’t be surprised; I’m sure other websites have similar experiments. - 56% responded A

    B. I am infuriated. This should not be allowed in Facebook’s terms and conditions. Experimenting on people without their consent is so unethical that Facebook employees should be ashamed. - 11% responded B

    C. I am angry but not so angry that I will give up Facebook for it. Facebook has to lose customers if we can expect them to change any of their business practice. - 11% responded C

    D. It may be an unpopular move now, but Facebook might have shown us the future of psychology and data gathering. These experiments could have a really interesting future. - 22% responded D
  14. What people are saying inside USA TODAY:
  15. If you want real privacy stay off the internet. No one is forcing you to use Facebook or any other social media tool.