Like other social media platforms,

 Twitter has long provided free access to its 

platform data to unbiased academics so

 they may examine anything from online

 trolling to the dissemination of false information. 

These studies have been crucial in helping 

us comprehend the strategies that con artists, 

malevolent actors, and other bad actors

that want to use social media employ.

But now that Twitter has unexpectedly revealed 

its intentions to limit access to this data and

 charge for it last week, academics fear

that the future of their study is in jeopardy.