Facebook 1.3m august novemberlapowskyprotocol

Facebook 1.3m august novemberlapowskyprotocol

Facebook is revealed to give researchers access to information on 1.3 million social issues electoral and political ads aired on its platform between the 3rd of August and 3rd of November and 3rd, 2020. This is a major change for Facebook, which was unwilling to release such data before this.

This decision comes following many years of demands from academics and others to provide more transparency about the ads on Facebook. Up to now, the data that Facebook has released publicly was related to small portions of ads for political campaigns aired in the US during the presidential election in 2016.

The latest data dump will provide a treasure trove for those trying to figure out the role Facebook plays in the world of elections and other global political events. The data dump will also be interesting to those concerned about the risk of misuse of Facebook’s extensive coverage and massive data collection.

Facebook 1.3m august novemberlapowskyprotocol

About Facebook:

Facebook has been reluctant to share information on its platform with research for years. But, after many years of requests, the company finally agreed to share data on 1.3 million political and social issues and political advertisements, which were displayed on its platform between the 3rd of August, the 3rd of November, and the 3rd of 2020.

This is a huge win for academic researchers, who can now access an abundance of data that they can use to study the effect and impact of social networks on elections and other political occasions.

The data release is coming as Facebook is facing ever-growing pressure from lawmakers and the public to enhance transparency regarding its advertising platform. The release comes only a few days after Facebook announced that it would let researchers research the effects of political advertisements in its system.

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