We’ve been thinking about the implications of differential access to data for a while. Here‘s a detailed discussion:
Some scholars said Facebook’s recent privacy changes may have gone too far by also cutting off academics who behaved responsibly.
“Academics would argue that we need access to primary data,” said Dr. Nielsen of Oxford. He said the changes might lead to an asymmetry, with internal Facebook researchers accumulating mounds of data while outside academics would not.
“If that happens, only Facebook will really know very much about how Facebook actually operates and how people act on Facebook,” he said.