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Facebook Plans Day of "Compassion"

Helping others on the social network

By Scott Budman
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:15 PM PDT
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As part of Thursday's

As part of Thursday's "Compassion Research Day," Facebook engineers will work with scientists from Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley to share what they've learned over a year of research into why people do what they do. Topics include bullying, dispute resolution, and communication. Scott Budman reports.

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Facebook is getting compassionate.

At least, it's looking into why compassion works.

As part of Thursday's "Compassion Research Day," Facebook engineers will work with scientists from Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley to share what they've learned over a year of research into why people do what they do. Topics include bullying, dispute resolution, and communication.

Inside Facebook headquarters, the team of social networkers and academics pored over research, shaping it into morsels that will be delivered on Thursday (via Facebook, of course) via talks, tips and posts.

For example, how to combat bullying in high school, how to better resolve online disputes, and how to better navigate your social life.

Says Facebook Director of Engineering Arturo Bejar, "There are tools you can use. I see businesses, classrooms, and personal relationships that can be helped by these tools."

If you want to check the tools out for yourself, Facebook will be getting compassionate Thursday, all day. Just check out your Facebook page.

Scott is compassionate on Facebook, and Twitter: @scottbudman

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