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Facebook to give scholars petabyte of data on misinformation


The spread of misinformation during the 2016 US presidential election, along with the scandal in which political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data from as many as 87 million US Facebook users, increased pressure on the company to let independent academics look under its hood. — AFP

The spread of misinformation during the 2016 US presidential election, along with the scandal in which political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data from as many as 87 million US Facebook users, increased pressure on the company to let independent academics look under its hood. — AFP

An independent research initiative that Facebook Inc announced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is launching its first study, offering scholars access to a petabyte of anonymised user data to understand the role of misinformation in elections. 

The data – amounting to 1 million gigabytes – will include almost all public URLs Facebook users globally have clicked on in the past year, including stories third-party fact checkers have deemed false, according to Harvard University political science professor Gary King, who is co-chairman of the effort. 

   

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