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The Backlash Against Sharing Social Media Data Is Bad for Science

by Joshua New

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced myriad questions during his extended congressional testimonies about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, yet most of them probed at the same issue, over and over, from different angles — the tension between companies’ business motives and people’s individual concerns with protecting their personal privacy. This was regrettable not just because it stoked debate about European-style legislation that could undermine the digital economy, but also because mostly lost in the din was any consideration for the fact that Facebook data serves the broader public interest by providing a tremendously valuable resource for scientific research.

Read the full article on Morning Consult.

Image: Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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