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Facebook has been giving misinformation researchers incomplete data

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Misinformation researchers who’ve been relying on the data Facebook provides them may have lost months or even years of work. That’s because the social network has been giving them flawed and incomplete information on how users interact with posts and links on the website, according to The New York Times

Facebook has been giving academics access to its data over the past couple of years to track the spread of misinformation on its platform. It promised researchers transparency and access to all user interaction, but the data the company has been giving them reportedly only includes interactions for about half of its users in the US. Further, most of the users whose interactions were included in the reports are the ones who engage with political posts enough to make their leanings clear.

In an email to researchers The Times saw, Facebook apologized for the “inconvenience [it] may have caused.” The company also told them that it’s fixing the issue,…

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