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Facebook, open up your treasure trove of data: The lesson from whistleblower Frances Haugen

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The legislature and the Biden government recognize this need. In May, MPs Lori Trahan and Kathy Castor introduced the Social Media DATA Act, which would provide some of the information we need to study the impact of digital advertising. The bill is an important first step in ensuring that scientists can conduct research that will benefit the public, enable evidence-based policy-making, and support our democratic institutions. With the support of President Biden, regulators like the FCC or the FTC could go further and demand even more platform transparency.

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