The revelation caused an uproar among users, the blogosphere and industry analysts. A Facebook researcher apologized for upsetting users.
"I'm sure that this will come up on the call, but I don't believe that this will materially affect them," said Olds. "While we haven't heard anything official yet, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the EU might launch an investigation into Facebook's emotional experiments on users. That could result in further regulation of Facebook in the EU, perhaps some fines, and certainly some bad publicity and higher legal costs."
Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group, said he expects Facebook to focus keenly on the company's improved financial performance.
"They seem to have a revenue foundation and look far less like a .com than they did," he added. "I'm not expecting any surprises."
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