Facebook provided researchers with inaccurate and incomplete data on how users interacted with posts and links.
The research group Social Science One used data from the past two years without knowledge of a serious flaw: according to internal emails and interviews with researchers. NS new York Times, the data only included interactions of about half of Facebook users in the United States, not all of them.
The discovery was made by Fabio Gigliato, a social media researcher at the University of Urbino in Italy, after comparing the data he received with data Facebook had publicly released about the company’s most popular posts.
Even that release was a source of criticism for Facebook, after the social media giant banned the personal accounts, apps, and pages of New York University researchers who studied misinformation on Facebook’s platform. Was doing.
The mistake “could undermine researchers’ trust in Facebook,” said Cody Buntain, a social media researcher at the New Jersey Institute of Technology who was part of the group.
“Initially there was a lot of concern about whether we should trust that Facebook was providing good data to Social Science One researchers. Now we know we shouldn’t have trusted Facebook so much and the data shows validity. Should have demanded more effort.
The researchers claimed they had lost months of work because of an error with their doctoral degrees at risk. One explicitly expressed concern that Facebook was deliberately undermining research.
Facebook apologizes to researchers “for such inconvenience” [have caused] And would like to give as much support as possible. The company said it was updating the data set, but it would take weeks to update because of its scale.
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