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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

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Facebook disabled the personal accounts of a group of New York University researchers studying political ads on the social network.

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Facebook disabled the personal accounts of New York University (NYU) scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates its terms of service.

Facebook's Mike Clark said the company also blocked their access to Facebook's application programming interfaces, used to share network data to other apps or services, and disabled additional apps and pages linked to the NYU Ad Observatory project.

The initiative has participants download a browser extension that gathers data on the political ads they see on Facebook, and how they were targeted.

NYU's Laura Edelson said Facebook has basically terminated the university's effort to study misinformation in political ads "using user privacy, a core belief that we have always put first in our work, as a pretext for doing this."

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