There is a wall of privileged access in social media research. If we are to democratize news and label “fake news”, the social media platform vendors (SMPV’s) must develop policies that democratize and open research on their platforms.
As researchers and smart people, we recognize this need is in conflict with how the platforms make money: Selling advertising. Open research will be viewed as risk inside SMPV’s. I would like to see some of the most well connected convene a broader discussion with SMPV’s than the community has witnessed to date.