Facebook Data for Independent Research
Facebook provides a variety of data sets for researchers:
Ad Library Tools: the Facebook Ad Library provides advertising transparency by offering a comprehensive, searchable collection of all ads currently running from across Facebook apps and services, including Instagram.
CrowdTangle: a public insights tool to follow, analyse and report on what’s happening across social media. It provides engagement metrics and analytics for public pages, public groups, verified profiles and public Instagram accounts. CrowdTangle can be used to see how often a link has been shared, who shared it and what they said.
Data for Good program: includes tools built from privacy-protected data on the Facebook platform, as well as tools developed using commercially and publicly available sources like satellite imagery and census data.
Facebook Open Research and Transparency (FORT) team: aims to enable the academic community to study the impact of Facebook with a particular focus on elections, democracy and well-being. The Condor URLs data set includes differentially private user-level counts of the number of people who viewed, clicked, liked, commented, shared, or reacted to any URL (with at least 100 public shares) on Facebook between January 2017 and July 2019. Counts are aggregated at the level of country, year-month, age bracket, gender, and for U.S. users, political page affinity. The data set is regularly updated to add additional year-months and countries.