Facebook has banned the accounts of researchers who were studying the platform’s political ads and disinformation.

The tools were the subject of a long-running standoff between the social network, which claimed scraping violates its terms of service, and the researchers, who argued that more digital advertising transparency is essential to understanding and protecting elections.

Check It Out: Facebook Bans Accounts of Researchers Investigating its Disinformation Problem

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  1. W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

    Andrew:

    A ‘…fraught relationship between platforms and researchers generally’?

    Why, no! Mark Zuckerberg is just doing his part to show legislators worldwide that the social media industry cannot be relied upon to regulate itself, and that it is crying aloud for legislation to impose regulatory monitoring and enforceable oversight.

    Good man, that Zuckerberg.

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