Facebook announced that the company will provide data access to 60 researchers of 30 academic institutes from 11 countries around the world in an effort to prevent election manipulation.
Facebook started this initiative last year after the disclosure of foreign campaigns that affected US election 2016 and the British vote.
Applications to study Facebook data were accepted last year, and the company announced the winners Monday.
“To ensure the independence of research and researchers, Facebook has played no role in selecting or identifying individuals or their projects and will have nothing to do with the conclusions or results of the research. We hope that this initiative will help to understand the role of sociology,” said Shaya Nike and Illion. Media in influencing elections and democracy, helping Facebook and other companies improve their products. ”
“Researchers will get Facebook data through a data-sharing infrastructure, the first of its kind, to ensure that user data is protected,” said Nike and Illion.