Other research tools and datasets


AUG 24, 2023

Datasets that empower researchers to study the political, economic and social impact of our platforms

URL Shares

The URL Shares dataset summarizes the demographics of those who viewed, shared and otherwise interacted with web pages (URLs) shared on Facebook starting January 1, 2017 up to and including October 31, 2022. URLs are included in the dataset if shared (as an original post or reshare) with “public” privacy settings more than 100 times. Social Science One hosts applications for access to the URL Shares dataset. Researchers whose applications are approved by Social Science One will be granted access once per quarter following completion of onboarding with Meta.

US 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study

The US 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study is a partnership between Meta and academic researchers to understand the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 election. The collaboration is designed to yield objective, empirically grounded research that will be shared transparently with the public.

The first 4 papers resulting from this publication were published in Science and Nature in July 2023. Data from published papers is available through the University of Michigan’s Social Media Archive (SOMAR) for other researchers to run their own analyses and check the validity of the findings.

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Data for Good

Data for Good leverages Meta’s data, technology and talent to make progress on major social issues. Partners use our maps and survey tools to increase immunization rates in communities, respond to natural disasters, and empower women-led businesses. Researchers deploy these maps and survey tools to study climate change, crisis events and social capital.

Data for Good partners with hundreds of organizations across every continent, including universities, non-profit organizations and international institutions. Many of our data products are publicly available while others are controlled access for non-profits and researchers. Request access and learn more about our datasets.