Facebook offers more data for research on impacts of social media

Published: February 14, 2020
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Facebook spokesperson says the company was proactively removing 65% of hate speech before it was reported globally. PHOTO: REUTERS

Facebook spokesperson says the company was proactively removing 65% of hate speech before it was reported globally. PHOTO: REUTERS

Facebook said on Thursday it was providing academic researchers more data to study social media’s impact on elections and democracy.

Earlier in 2019, the company offered data on publicly shared links by at least 100 users and the number of times those links were shared and reported to 60 academic researchers across 30 universities.

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Facebook said the new expanded data set includes more than 38 million links with information on users’ reactions including views, clicks, shares, and likes.

The company said monthly users of its core social network climbed 8% to 2.5 billion in January.

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Recently, the social media giant joined hands with Reuters to remove fake news on its platform ahead of the U presidential elections, Facebook started a US pilot program in December to detect misinformation faster.

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