- How should Facebook respond to the 2014 research situation? How could an earlier response have helped the company avoid the 2018 controversies and keep the trust of its users?
- Should the company promise to never again conduct a survey of this sort? Should it go even further and explicitly ban research intended to manipulate the responses of its users?
- How can Facebook balance the concerns of its users with the necessity of generating revenue through advertising?
- What processes or structures should Facebook establish to make sure it does not encounter these issues again?
- Respond in writing to the issues presented in this case by preparing two documents: a communication strategy memo and a professional business letter to advertisers.
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