Earlier in the week, Facebook announced that it had been forced to cut off a group of NYU researchers from accessing Facebook’s internal usage data, because the NYU team had failed to adhere to the platform’s more stringent research usage conditions, which it implemented in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal a few years back. 

As explained by Facebook:

“For months, we’ve attempted to work with New York University to provide three of their researchers the precise access they’ve asked for in a privacy-protected way. Today, we disabled the accounts, apps, Pages and platform access associated with NYU’s Ad Observatory Project and its operators after our repeated attempts to bring their research into compliance with our Terms.”