There is an ongoing, global conversation about how social media and technology companies decide and enforce what is and isn’t allowed on their platforms. To this end, Facebook has a set of Community Standards that are designed to encourage expression and create an environment that is safe and respectful. Last year, we updated our Community Standards to include the internal guidelines we use to make decisions about content, and we began publishing key metrics that demonstrate how we enforce these standards.
To help develop a rigorously investigated body of research around these evolving issues and improve our content policies, Facebook requests research proposals designed to examine online content and ways to reduce harmful content. This includes, but is not limited to, research that will help us develop better content policies and assess possible interventions, including experimental and observational studies, along with qualitative and analytic work to understand the mechanisms by which online rhetoric has the potential to influence offline events.
In 2019, Facebook will grant awards of $50K to $100K USD per awardee to fund projects of up to 12 months in duration. This RFP challenge is open to applicants worldwide from academic and/or research institutions that are eligible for research funding. This includes individual researchers addressing a well-defined problem, or multiple university departments with a diverse set of skills to solve a more complex multi-disciplinary challenge. We encourage emerging scholars to apply.