Policies that outline what is and isn't allowed on the Facebook app.
Policies that outline what is and isn't allowed on the Instagram app.
Policies for ad content and business assets.
Other policies that apply to Meta technologies.
How we update our policies, measure results, work with others, and more.
How we help prevent interference, empower people to vote and more.
How we work with independent fact-checkers, and more, to identify and take action on misinformation.
How we assess content for newsworthiness.
How we reduce problematic content in News Feed.
How we build AI systems.
Comprehensive access to public data from Facebook and Instagram
Comprehensive and searchable database of all ads currently running across Meta technologies
Additional tools for in-depth research on Meta technologies and programs
Quarterly report on how well we're doing at enforcing our policies on the Facebook app and Instagram.
Report on how well we're helping people protect their intellectual property.
Report on government request for people's data.
Report on when we restrict content that's reported to us as violating local law.
Report on intentional internet restrictions that limit people's ability to access the internet.
Quarterly report on what people see on Facebook, including the content that receives the widest distribution during the quarter.
Download current and past regulatory reports for Facebook and Instagram.
Meta Content Library (Beta) and Content Library API (Beta) provide comprehensive access to the full public content archive from Facebook and Instagram. Researchers can explore detailed documentation to learn more about using these products.
Both tools provide near real-time public content from Facebook and Instagram. Details about the content, such as the post owner and the number of reactions and shares, are also available.
Posts shared to and information about Pages, groups and events
Posts shared by and information about business and creator accounts
Available for most countries and territories but excluded from countries where Meta is still evaluating legal and compliance requirements
The number of times a post or reel was displayed on screen
Meta Content Library is a web-based, controlled-access environment and does not allow data to be exported for analysis. Researchers can perform deeper analysis of the public content by using Content Library API in Researcher Platform.
Searching all public posts across Facebook and Instagram is easy with comprehensive sorting and filtering options. Post results can be filtered by language, view count, media type, content producer and more.
Photos, videos and reels are available for dynamic search, exploration and analysis.
Customizable collections of content producers can be used to refine search results. Researchers can apply custom producer lists to a search query to surface public content from specific content owners on Facebook or Instagram.
Researchers can generate an API query in either Python or R directly from their search query. The code can be pasted into the Content Library API to retrieve search results and perform deeper analysis.
Content Library API allows programmatic queries of the data and is designed for computational researchers familiar with R or Python. Data pulled from the API can be analyzed in Researcher Platform.
With 6 dedicated endpoints, Content Library API can search across over 100 data fields from Instagram accounts and posts and Facebook Pages, posts, groups and events.
Powerful search capabilities can return up to 100,000 results per query.
Asynchronous search allows for queries to run in the background while a researcher works on other tasks. Query progress is monitored and tracked by the API.
Researcher Platform is a virtual data clean room that provides secure access to Facebook and Instagram datasets designed for researchers.
Computation and data analysis on Researcher Platform are free and support researchers collaborating on terabyte- to petabyte-scale datasets.
Researcher Platform runs a modified, access-controlled version of JupyterHub, an open source tool that supports R, Python, SQL and a range of standard statistical packages. It offers both CPU and GPU servers.
Researchers can export their research outputs under agreed-upon terms and conditions. Research outputs can consist of code, figures, tables, graphs and statistics.
To be eligible for product access, researchers must be affiliated with a qualified academic institution or a qualified research institution. Researchers from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.
Researchers may publish and share the results and findings of their research without prior approval from Meta. Meta will not ask to review research manuscripts prior to publication, but we ask that researchers follow Meta’s attribution guidelines and provide notice upon publishing.
No. There are no fees associated with access or computation.
We welcome global researchers, but access to or use of our tools and data must comply with all applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations. In addition, the researcher applicant, and any academic university or institution with which the applicant is affiliated, must not be in a jurisdiction that is the target of sanctions imposed by the United States, United Kingdom, European Union or United Nations.`
Yes. All Content Library and Content Library API applications are processed and reviewed by ICPSR
A qualified academic institution means an academic institution that is:
dedicated to the pursuit of education and research
accredited, as indicated by recognized standards and evidence on the institution's website (for example, a university) and/or as demonstrated by documentation provided to ICPSR
qualified to grant academic degrees (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, etc.)
a not-for-profit endeavor (not a business whose sole purpose is to make a profit)
A qualified research institution means an institution that is a non-university research organization, institute, society or entity which has demonstrated its primary purpose is to conduct scientific research or educational services with scientific research together for public interest.
If the researcher has made any substantive changes to their research topic, proposal or research ethics documentation since having their application approved by ICPSR, they must reapply for access via ICPSR.
No. Public content is excluded from certain countries where we are evaluating compliance with applicable legal requirements.