IRB Review of the Use of Social Media in Research.
Researchers can utilize social media tools by working with their institutional review board (IRB) to create a cascading communication plan that outlines possible messages to tweet, blog, text or post.
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Although websites use a different medium than traditional print or broadcast advertisements, the IRB review requirements are the same. The IRB must review the content of study-specific communications, but does not need to review educational or general informational materials that are not study-specific
The IRB must review:
- all direct advertising for research subjects including display or banner ads on a web page.
- paid search advertisements, in-text advertisements and those appearing on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn
- social network pages established to promote a study
- any blog, blog post, tweet or text that contains study-study-specific information
The IRB does not need to review:
- study-specific information posted on a website as long as it is limited to the title of the study, its purpose and study locations.
- testimonials, videos, links or other information communicated by a third party such as a research participant.