Wired: Facebook Opens Its Private Servers To Scientists Studying Fake News

Wired: Facebook Opens Its Private Servers To Scientists Studying Fake News. “For years, accessing Facebook’s private data came with a whopper of a caveat: Whatever findings your research turned up had to be preapproved by the company—before you made it public. But Social Science One, acting as an intermediary, removes that condition. The organization has insight into what kind of data Facebook has available and what kind of data researchers need. Now it’s bridging the gap: Starting today, researchers from around the world can apply for funding and data access that Social Science One will approve—not Facebook. If researchers want to search for something in the platform’s data that could make it look bad—or if they actually find something—Facebook won’t be able to pump the brakes.”

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