Twitter gives away Tweets, so why does Facebook’s apology ring hollow?

Very interesting article on ethics and social media research.


Last week, Twitter handed $10 million plus every public Tweet every generated (and to be generated) on its social network to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology media lab. This is a massive data set: more than 500 million Tweets are sent daily.

The grand research experiment will visualize how information spreads. The results will show up as both data visualizations and as mobile apps to “create new forms of public communication and social organization.” Oh, and by the way, there will be at least five more projects like this, as part of the Twitter Data Grants program.

“To date, it has been challenging for researchers outside the company who are tackling big questions to collaborate with us to access our public, historical data,” notes Twitter in its description of the initiative. “Our Data Grants program aims to change that by connecting research institutions and academics with the data they…

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