Facebook has evaluated the way it does research. Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, introduced a new framework for the company’s private and public research. Schroepfer:
“We’re committed to doing research to make Facebook better, but we want to do it in the most responsible way.”
One change that caught my eye is the introduction of an internal panel that will review Facebook’s research projects:
“We’ve created a panel including our most senior subject-area researchers, along with people from our engineering, research, legal, privacy and policy teams, that will review projects falling within these guidelines. This is in addition to our existing privacy cross-functional review for products and research.”
While it’s a step in the right direction, it’s notable that only Facebook employees seem to be part of the review panel. No independent researchers, nor any customers users.