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This is a really important story that highlights the fact that social media is becoming MORE opaque to research.

What's missing is the recognition that @BuzzFeedNews and other outlets have effectively been pushing for this outcome by their unbalanced reporting on privacy.
If the misuse of an API by an academic is considered the greatest privacy scandal in the history of the internet, how do you think the companies are going to treat future academic research?

Try to find some recognition of the privacy vs safety balance: buzzfeed.com/tag/cambridge-…
Here, for example, is the NY Times completely misrepresenting normal industry practices like 3rd party clients. How do you think this kind of reporting affects the balance of power between the overactive legal teams and those trying to stop bad behavior?

nytimes.com/2018/12/18/tec…
Here is the truth from one of the people trying to find a differential privacy solution, but if any tiny leak of personal data to academic groups is considered a huge scandal, then no company will ever take the risk.

Anyway, folks can keep on calling those of us pointing out the privacy trade-offs sellouts and apologists. At some point, they will need to decide whether they want global platforms to be completely opaque or to allow for some level of transparency to study online harms.
Here is one of the rare examples of the traditional media recognizing the hard trade-offs. The @WSJ had a good find: the FBI is openly soliciting bids for a contractor to scrape FB in a way the company is required to prevent by the FTC.

wsj.com/articles/fbi-a…
Here is the FBI RFP:
fbo.gov/index?s=opport…

The FTC consent decree:
ftc.gov/enforcement/ca…
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