Facebook’s Reason for Banning Researchers Doesn’t Hold Up

The company says privacy concerns forced it to block access for a team of academics. Whose privacy, exactly?

When Facebook said Tuesday that it was suspending the accounts of a team of NYU researchers, it made it seem like the company’s hands were tied. The team had been crowdsourcing data on political ad targeting via a browser extension, something Facebook had repeatedly warned them was not allowed.

“For months, we’ve attempted to work with New York University to provide three of their researchers the precise access they’ve asked for in a privacy-protected way,” wrote Mike Clark, Facebook’s product management director, in a blog post. “We took these actions to stop unauthorized

→ Continue reading at WIRED

Similar Articles

Advertisment

Most Popular

It’s High Time for the Emmys to Do Away With Time Limits for Acceptance Speeches

One of the most potent moments in the Emmy broadcast came during Michaela Coel’s speech for writing for a limited series. The “I May...

In Seattle, public health resisters have always pushed back

Yet as the sewer system expanded, many residents refused to hook up. They balked at the cost and believed their open cesspools were just...

Trailer For Action Thriller ‘Omerta 6/12’ Unveiled by SF Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

SF Studios has unveiled the trailer for the action thriller “Omerta 6/12,” one of the biggest-budgeted Finnish films ever. The film is directed...