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Facebook Use Polarizing? Site Begs to Differ

From New York Times:

For years, political scientists and social theorists have fretted about the Internet’s potential to flatten and polarize democratic discourse.

Because so much information now comes through digital engines shaped by our preferences — Facebook, Google and others suggest content based on what consumers previously enjoyed — scholars have theorized that people are building an online echo chamber of their own views.

But in a peer-reviewed study published on Thursday in the journal Science, data scientists at Facebook report the echo chamber is not as insular as many might fear — at least not on the social network. While independent researchers said the study was important for its scope and size, they noted several significant limitations.

Read the rest at New York Times.

Posted on July 10, 2015 in
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