This is a disturbing development. Last Friday, Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter to two NYU researchers ( and Damon McCoy), demanding that they shut down their research into political ads and disinformation on FB’s platform.
A very bad look for Facebook - . Understanding how political ads are targeted on FB is of public and academic interest. And recruiting volunteers to donate data is a responsible way to get this data. We need a safe harbor for researchers.
Academic institutions that that take money from and collaborate with Facebook on research projects could stop doing so in protest at this heavy handed approach
Facebook is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission
This is not a fight that Facebook should be having: Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting - WSJ
Facebook threatens academic researchers examining the way it targets users with political ads; says "enforcement actions" may follow if they don't delete their findings.
Utterly revolting behavior by , which clearly has something to hide, especially as the US heads into its election. Until we figure out how best to support NYU, please RT. This is why ⁦the ⁩ is needed.
Friends, FB says NYU political ad targeting research threatens user privacy! Translation from Gaslight to English: "The research threatens FB's privacy. Our methods of manipulation at scale must stay secret for surveillance profits to flow."
Facebook is demanding that a NYU research project cease collecting data about its political-ad targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission.
Facebook says NYU Ad Observatory, which analyzes political ad targeting with data from users with a browser extension, must cease the practice for violating TOS ( / Wall Street Journal)
Facebook is remarkably creative in finding ways to prove it is a dangerous threat to our society.
Such an outrageous move by Facebook, even in a climate where our threshhold for outrage is getting to be pretty high
Facebook says a NYU research project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection
Facebook says a NYU research project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection
Who controls knowledge? The 'Private Superpowers' (courtesy ) such as Facebook who are demanding an NYU research project stop collecting data from its platform for its research on targeted advertising. This is why we need archives!
Facebook can reverse-engineer our mind (by analyzing what we search and what data we access). But they do not want us to "reverse engineer" their algorithm on what they try to send us... seems not a fair game.
Facebook demands the right not only to affect our elections fundamentally, but to be protected as they do it, w/ terms that block transparency. The law should give no power to these secrecy clauses. It should penalize any effort to enforce them.
Facebook is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad-targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission.
Facebook is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission
"Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting"
If Facebook sends a cease and desist letter, it’s probably a good idea for any Facebook user to install this plugin: (particularly people in the US).
The irony is strong in this one. || Facebook says the project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection.
More bad behaviour by Facebook. This time they’re trying to prevent some academics from carrying out research on political adverts. I’m so ready for them to be regulated.
Classic deflection. Noise. Platforms have many more ways of gaming what data gets to researchers/ public. Pity most officials don’t make the commitment to real learning/oversight.