Fb mentioned it’s making ready to launch a brand new software programming interface (API) designed particularly for entry by the analysis neighborhood. The API was introduced throughout Fb’s F8 developer convention right now, and is supposed to handle points that arose from modifications made to Fb’s platform in 2018 following the Cambridge Analytica information scandal. That occasion compelled the corporate to re-evaluate the entry builders needed to its consumer information.
Over the previous three years, Fb says it has deprecated 1000’s of APIs to scale back the danger of future information misuse and breaches.
It additionally renewed its agreements with builders on the platform to make sure they had been “dedicated to the identical values as we’re,” famous Fb VP of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, in the course of the keynote deal with.
Nonetheless, Fb admitted these modifications had an influence on the tutorial analysis neighborhood, which had earlier than been in a position to extra broadly entry Fb information.
To handle this, the corporate introduced it’s quickly launching a Researcher API, which is able to enable researchers to once more analyze Fb information with the objective of understanding the social community’s “affect on society,” Papamiltiadis famous.
“We needed to ensure we bought this proper, and we had been intentional about growing the very best merchandise to help researchers, whereas holding folks’s information protected and safe,” he mentioned.
The Researcher API will supply real-time entry to public Pages, Teams, Occasions and post-level U.S. information in a privacy-protected atmosphere, the exec mentioned. However additional particulars weren’t provided, together with, for instance, how researchers could be vetted or whether or not there could be any charges related to the information entry.
The API will turn into obtainable to the tutorial neighborhood later this 12 months, Fb mentioned.