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Facebook Unlocks a Million Gigabytes of Data

About a million gigabytes of data, holding a trillion numbers, said Gary King, the Harvard University political scientist who announced the data set's availability this morning as part of the unveiling of a novel research enterprise called Social Science One that will let scientists study how Facebook giant network may be used and abused for political advertising, disinformation, polarization, or civic engagement. "But we need the data or no one will ever know." The project was hatched in April, as Congress was grilling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about scandals like Cambridge Analytica’s use of 87 million Facebook profiles in the last U.S. presidential election and the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote. If you're dubious about social media's effect on elections around the world, a new data set from Facebook (FB) may provide some answers.

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