Ethical Considerations#

๐Ÿง  Research Integrity#

Academic research involving human subjects demands adherence to ethical principles like informed consent, opt-outs, and the โ€œdo no harmโ€ mantra. Yet, IRBs clash over whether public social media data constitutes human subject research [1], [2], [3], [4].

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Anonymity#

Scraping certain Reddit forums could expose highly sensitive personal data, requiring controlled access and anonymisation. Although Reddit deems public information accessible, users often expect privacy and anonymity.