On the morning of July 12th, Beijing time, Facebook's independent research program has launched its first research. Scholars can obtain anonymous user data of 1PB (1 million GB) from the company in order to understand the role of error information in the election process.
Professor of political Science, Harvard University, Co-Chair of the project, Gary
The data also include detailed demographic information about people who interact with these links, such as age, sex, ideology, friends, habits, etc., such as whether they share links without opening, or whether they use a happy or sad expression to comment on the link.
The research project is called Social Science One. They are trying to do more academic research on social networking data, balance their privacy and proprietary needs by independent scholars, and publish the findings. The research structure made by Social Science One for Facebook includes a new committee, which is determined by 12 external academics to determine which researchers can carry out the project. There are 7 independent American funds to fund these projects. The funds for these projects are not provided by Facebook.
The disinformation circulating during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, combined with the revelation of the Cambridge analysis of the data leak, forced Facebook to hire independent academic institutions to study the issues. The company announced this new research project in April this year by Gary