Arcom holds consultation to facilitate researchers’ access to platform data

France’s digital and audiovisual media regulatory Arcom hosted a public consultation, asking for inputs from NGOs, researchers, and tech companies about how to tackle online misinformation and disinformation. Arcom aims to establish an EU-wide research network that studies the impacts of online usage, scrutinises platforms’ decision-making, and flags potential breaches of the coming Digital Services Act (DSA) to enforce content moderation in ways that still account for platforms’ rights and interests. Arcom council member Benoît Loutrel cited Twitter as the only platform that has allowed researchers to access platform data through its Twitter APIs (application programming interfaces). Arcom wishes to see more access to platform data for researchers after the DSA enters into force.