Re: It's more of mostly complete...
<No doubt they read messages, viewed posts and pretty much all the personal information shared to formulate a case study.>
No, they didn't do those things…
" Researchers did not view any names of users or even the words posted by users. They relied on automated text analysis, through a software program called the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count, to measure the emotional content of each post."
<No doubt they caused a lot of sever reaction in the real-world with their invasive and intrusive private invading methods>
This is closer to the real issue, but still wrapped up rather in pitchfork talk. The research might have triggered a negative reaction sufficient in some vulnerable participants to precipitate significant harm. Did the researchers anticipate and mitigate that possibility?
I say this not because I am defending the apparent absence of consent in this research, but because there is a baby in this bathwater.