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Members of the academic and research communities may soon gain access to Facebook’s CrowdTangle content discovery and social analytics tool.
Facebook acquired CrowdTangle in November 2016.
Content from over 5 million public social accounts is surfaced via CrowdTangle, which uses real-time dashboards to track accounts, keywords, links and historical data and enables users to create custom reports and track topics across platforms.
The tool has been available mainly to newsrooms and media publishers, but CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman said in a blog post that opening it up to researchers and academics will help provide more transparency into how information is spreading via social media.