According to the API Terms of Service, what you can and can’t you do with the social media data collected?

To answer this question, lets first answer a more basic question.  What’s an API?

– API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. The API specifies how various software components should interact. It’s the primary way for many researchers to automatically retrieved users data from a wide variety of social media sites.  Although APIs make it easier to collect data, for many researchers, it can be a struggle understand each API’s functionalities and constraints imposed by the terms of service related to data collection, storage and dissemination practices.

To help reduce some of the uncertainty, we have created an API-ToS Wiki to provide researchers with a one-stop-shop for finding relevant information about what you can and can’t do with the social media data. The information comes directly from the Term of Service found on the various social media sites.

We hope that you find the info contained in the API-ToS Wiki useful.  If you have additional information and insights about the various social media APIs currently available that might be available or are aware of  a material change to a social media API, please share it with the community via the Wiki .