Data from U.S. 2020 Presidential Election Facebook and Instagram Study Now Available at ICPSR


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ANN ARBOR, July 27, 2023—The Social Media Archive (SOMAR) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has released data focusing on the impact of Facebook and Instagram on key political attitudes during the U.S. 2020 elections.

The U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study is a partnership between Meta researchers and independent external academics. The project is led by Professors Talia Stroud at the University of Texas at Austin and Joshua Tucker at New York University, two independent academics. Tucker and Stroud selected 15 additional researchers to collaborate on this effort.

This research offers new insights and perspectives into some of the most important questions around the role of social media in democracy today: Does social media make us more polarized as a society, or merely reflect the divisions that already exist? Does it help people to become better informed about politics, or less? And how does social media affect people’s attitudes towards government and democracy? 

The data are now available to the broader research community to extend these analyses and validate the findings of the papers set to be published in peer-reviewed journals in 2023 and beyond. To receive notifications about any additional datasets published in the U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Study, sign up for email updates from SOMAR.

This week, Science and Nature are publishing a group of papers linked to the U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Study. They include: 

The U.S. 2020 datasets can be accessed via SOMAR’s Virtual Data Enclave. Access to these data requires an application. Researchers interested in analyzing the data should begin their application process on SOMAR’s Data Applications platform.

For more information or assistance with accessing the data, please email


About SOMAR:

SOMAR, part of ICPSR, a center within the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), is a new data archive dedicated to making social media data accessible and useful to researchers like never before. Its mission is to create a platform that allows researchers to work with and analyze social media data, enabling them to study social media behavior, patterns, and trends.




Contact: Dory Knight-Ingram

Jul 27, 2023

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