Twitter allows more researchers to access platform data
By Editor - Thu Sep 22, 8:13 am
Earlier this year, Twitter launched the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium (TMRC), a group of experts from across academia, civil society, nongovernmental organizations and journalism dedicated to studying Twitter’s platform governance issues. Previously, membership in the TMRC was limited to select trusted partners, but Twitter today began offering all researchers the chance to apply. To be accepted into the TMRC, applicants must prove that they’re affiliated with one of several eligible organizations, have prior experience for “data-driven” analysis and a specific public interest use case for the data, and use “industry-standard” systems for safeguarding their research. Those ineligible include undergraduate students, industry and government officials and groups who’d plan to share the TMRC’s data with governments or other outside parties. Twitter notes that successful applicants will be “researchers with a demonstrable history of independent research” or who’ve met criteria that “demonstrate an ability to be entrusted with the TMRC’s data and to pursue research for a qualified purpose.” Once admitted, newly-minted members of the TMRC will gain access to an archive of Twitter operations data dating back to 2018.
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