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LinkedIn Defends Testing On Users

LinkedIn has admitted it ran experiments that may have affected a user's chances of getting a job. The business networking site says everything it did was covered by its user agreement. The New York Times revealed that the experiments involved more ... than 20 million users over five years. The core of the testing was the way LinkedIn picked who appeared in the "People You May Know" section that automatically suggests potential contacts. The experiment, run alongside three major universities and later published in the journal Science, meant some users got a higher proportion of ... (view more)

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