Thanks for taking the time to read and respond.
The girl killing herself was completely irrelevant.
The relevance of the suicide — and the reason I included it in this article — is that it is the event which made me realize that there are broader consequences to the work I do. It opened my eyes and for that reason I believe it is quite relevant to the story. I hope it does the same for others.
To be clear, I have no objection to drugs having side effects, nor do I have any problem with someone making an informed decision with their doctor about their own health care.
The unethical behaviour was to present the quiz as an objective tool to guide a patient’s decision-making rather than making it obvious that it was effectively an advertisement for a particular drug.
I like the notion of ethical programming. But unfortunately, it’s not something you can really expect at such a low level. Anyone can take a udemy course and learn to build a website featuring a misleading quiz. Since many people start out on the bottom and will take work just to pay the bills, there will always be someone willing and able to make that quiz.
I’m not sure what you mean by “low level”. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask and to expect people to think about the potential consequences of their actions, regardless of the source of their education.
As for there always being someone willing to do the work. That line of thinking quickly turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we all decide that it’s not worth refusing an unethical request because someone else will just accept then there will indeed always be someone willing to do the work.
Even if it’s true that if you refuse, someone else will accept, I think it’s each person’s responsibility to do what they believe is right and to live with the consequences.