Researchers Were Selected in a Facebook-Led Initiative to Study Social Media’s Impact on Elections

The company is partnering with Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council

Researchers can only access the data through a secure portal that uses both two-factor authentication and a VPN Laurence Dutton/iStock

Facebook unveiled an initiative last April to enable scholars to analyze the impact of social media on elections, giving them access to privacy-protected Facebook data. The social network and its partners—Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council—revealed the list of researchers who were chosen to participate Monday.

@9Number9 David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.