It started as a rumor. Following reports alleging right-wing Facebook pages were receiving outsized engagement, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, began reassigning or removing team members working on CrowdTangle, Facebook’s data analytics and social monitoring tool responsible for revealing the issue. Articles were popping up claiming that there were internal disagreements over data-sharing and transparency at Meta, and that executives ultimately planned to discard the tool — though there has been no official confirmation from the company so far.
Whether those reports and the tool’s restructuring are related is up in the air, but after talking with several organizations that use and rely on CrowdTangle, a few things are clear.
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