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Why Facebook Should Release the Facebook Files

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Since it was founded, Facebook has relentlessly analyzed our actions and behavior, to its great benefit. It's only fair that the company now take its turn under the microscope.

As the fallout from The Wall Street Journal’s "Facebook Files" series continues, Facebook should not only commit to doing more research like the Facebook Files, it should release the Facebook Files, period. And not just the Instagram-related ones. Whatever documents the Journal relied on, Facebook should make them publicly available.

Facebook's efforts to share data with researchers to date have been halting and ineffectual. More transparency is coming to the platform one way or another; there's still value in staking out a leadership position while the rest of the industry cowers.

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