Membership In TMRC Is Now Expanded to More Researchers

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Twitter launched the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium (TMRC) earlier this year. It is actually a group of experts from across academia, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and journalism who aim to study Twitter’s platform governance issues. The good part of the news is that the membership in TMRC was limited to selected trusted partners, however, Twitter is now offering all researchers the chance to apply.

Twitter is Offering More Researchers A Chance To Access Platform Data

All the applicants must prove that they’re affiliated with one of several eligible organizations if they want to be accepted into the TMRC. They must have prior experience with “data-driven” analysis and a specific public interest use case for the data. In addition to that, they must know to use “industry-standard” systems for safeguarding their research.

Ineligible applicants include undergraduate students, industry and government officials, and groups who’d plan to share the TMRC’s data with governments or other outside parties.

Head of safety and integration at Twitter, Yoel Roth, wrote in a blog post that:

“By providing academics and researchers with access to specific, granular data (not just aggregated reports), we enable them to find insights and contextualize information in a way that increases the visibility of the reports themselves. Our goal is to remain transparent about the activity we identify on Twitter while addressing the considerable safety, security, and integrity challenges that come with disclosures of this kind.”

The successful applicants for TMRC will be researchers with a demonstrable history of independent research or who have met criteria that “demonstrate an ability to be entrusted with the TMRC’s data and to pursue research for a qualified purpose.” After successful admission, the new members of the TMRC will gain access to an archive of Twitter operations data dating back to 2018. However, the company claims to support disclosures of data pertaining to persistent platform manipulation campaigns.

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