(This is the 27th of August, the story corrects the headline, “researchers” to “funders”)
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By Katie Paul
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A group of philanthropies are working with Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) for the study of social networks impact on democracy, are threatened on Tuesday to stop them, saying that the company had failed to report for the information of the researchers and agreed to do it.
For the investors, said in a statement that Facebook had been granted to 83 scholars is selected for the project, the access to only a portion of what they have been told that they were to be expected,” which made it impossible for some to carry out their research. They have a Facebook until the end of September. 30, the information to be disclosed.
Their concerns focused on the lack of data that would show what the web pages are shared on Facebook as far back as January, 2017.
The company did not say when the information would be made available, the investors added.
Facebook said in a statement that it remained committed to the project, and it was going to be in order to have access to the data and tools to support all of the grant recipients – both now and in the future.”
The announcement comes just a few months after Facebook launched the research project, which is the company’s proprietary information to independent researchers for the first time.
Access to the data that was designed to be heavily controlled, with special care to protect the privacy of the user.
The financing consortium comprised of both the conservative Charles Koch Foundation, and Silicon Valley’s Omidyar Network.
“We are hoping that Facebook (not to mention any other platform, businesses will find a way to get a deep, robust, privacy-protected data,” said one of them as an “independent scientific analysis of the social media platforms is essential” for the understanding of the electoral process and democracy in the world.
Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Lisa Shumaker