Twitter offers data to researchers studying virus

Twitter has offered to share data with researchers studying the coronavirus pandemic
Twitter has offered to share data with researchers studying the coronavirus pandemic

Twitter said Wednesday it would allow researchers to access data on real-time conversations about the coronavirus pandemic to help deepen their understanding of the disease.

The project is aimed at gathering information about the spread of the illness, assessing the and communication trends during the crisis, and tackling misinformation.

"This is a unique dataset that covers many tens of millions of tweets daily," the US social network said in a blog.

"The conversations happening on Twitter are highly insightful and have the potential to help the world better understand the COVID-19 pandemic."

Access to Twitter's could also help develop artificial intelligence tools for scientists working to quell the global outbreak.

"Public conversation can help the world learn faster, solve problems better and realize we're all in this together," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said.

European Commission vice president Vera Jourova, who is responsible for disinformation issues, welcomed the initiative.

"I have constantly underlined the importance for researchers to have better access to useful non- and tools," she said in a statement to AFP.

"This is key to understanding the spread of disinformation."


Explore further

Coronavirus dims Twitter earnings expectations

© 2020 AFP

Citation: Twitter offers data to researchers studying virus (2020, April 30) retrieved 24 November 2020 from https://techxplore.com/news/2020-04-twitter-virus.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
3 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments