Twitter says it will provide a handful of research institutions free access to its data sets from 2006 to the present, Arts Technica reports. The pilot program, “Twitter Data Grants,” will use Twitter’s “expansive set of data” to help researchers “glean insights and learn about a variety of topics, from health-related information such as when and where the flu may hit to global events like ringing in the new year,” according to Twitter’s engineering blog. Twitter reviewed more than 1,300 proposals from more than 60 countries before deciding on the six institutions to whom it will provide data access. In terms of privacy concerns, Twitter says the data users provide is mostly information “you are asking us to make public.”
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