Facebook’s integrity efforts are at the heart of the company’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, because we want social technologies to be a place where people can express themselves freely, fairly, and safely around the world. Over the last few years we have increased our investment in people and technology to minimize the effects of negative experiences people encounter on our platforms. The effectiveness of these efforts relies strongly on our partnerships with social scientists to conduct foundational and applied research around challenges pertaining to platform governance in domains such as news, misinformation, politics, health, climate change, civic engagement, trust, polarization, and conflict.
In this request for proposals (RFP), Facebook is offering awards to global social science researchers interested in exploring the societal issues of misinformation and polarization related to social communication technologies. We will provide a total of $1,000,000 USD in funding for research proposals that aim to enrich our understanding of challenges related to misinformation, polarization, information quality, and social conflict on social media and social technology platforms. Our goal for these awards is to support the growth of scientific knowledge in these spaces and to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader scientific community and technology industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms. Research is not restricted to focusing on Facebook Inc. apps and technologies.