Facebook is working with third-party researchers to study how content and user behaviour affect the upcoming 2020 US Presidential Elections, the company announced on August 31. It will look at the impact of how people interact with content on Facebook and Instagram, including the role of their content ranking systems. Who are researchers are, and how they were chosen: A group of 17 university researchers — experts in elections, democracy, and social media — will look at how Facebook and Instagram influence issues such as political polarisation and whether and how people vote. The researchers were chosen by Talia Stroud and Joshua A. Tucker, co-chairs of Social Science One, who are also leading project along with two researchers at Facebook. "Facebook did not select the researchers and is taking measures to ensure that they operate independently," the company said. Social…
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