[Air-L] Conducting qualitative research on Facebook

Sharon Greenfield s3417013 at student.rmit.edu.au
Tue Feb 6 21:59:01 PST 2018

Hello Virginia,

I would suggest reading up on Mary L Gray's many pieces on ethics in online
In addition, what does the QUT Ethics Committee recommend?


On 7 February 2018 at 16:38, Virginia Balfour <virginiabalfour at hotmail.com>

> Hello
> I would value advice on the ethics of collecting data from an Open
> Facebook page and the best ways to mitigate them.
> My research is looking at an open Facebook page and it is likely that I
> will want to use data from conversations between commenters and statements
> made by commenters as part of my research. While most observations will be
> generalised and made anonymous, there may be some conversations where it is
> pertinent to identify the commenters and/or identifiable comments.
> In particular I am interested in whether people think it is necessary or
> advisable to contact individual commenters to ask if their comments can be
> used in the research?
> Are their any risk mitigation strategies that anyone has used in the past
> that they could recommend?
> regards
> Virginia Balfour
> QUT researcher.
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