The results of the study will be released as early as the middle of next year, the company said. The study expanded its social science one project, which involved many academics studying the political impact of social media. Social science one, an independent research project of Facebook, attempts to conduct more academic research on social network data, balance privacy and proprietary needs through independent scholars, and publish the findings to the public.
A team of 17 independent researchers from the fields of elections, democracy and social media will now work with Facebooks internal data scientists to conduct the study.
Facebook employees only provide aggregated data to external researchers conducting the study to protect the privacy of these users. Online social networking platforms have been accused of failing to regulate so-called false news and misinformation. Many believe that this has affected voters and affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Some researchers dropped out of the social science one project last year because of Facebooks delay in providing data. The company said the delay was meant to protect users privacy. (Tianmen Mountain)
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279