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Does Facebook drive political polarization? Data science and research – Journalist’s Resource

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Questions about how social media platforms may drive users into “filter bubbles” — increasingly like-minded communities whose views are reinforced and become more extreme — have been swirling for several years now. As the debate has developed in popular discourse, scholars and data scientists have continued to make insights on what is often referred to in the academic literature as online “homophily,” or colloquially as the “birds of a feather flock together” phenomenon.

In 2013, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford and Microsoft Research analyzed anonymized browsing data from more than 1.2 million Web users and concluded that fears over an increasingly personalized Internet could be overblown: Only a “relatively small amount of online news consumption is driven by the more polarized channels, social and search, and opinion pieces — which are typically the focus of laboratory studies — constitute just 6% of consumption relating to world or national news…. [W]e find that individuals typically consume descriptive reporting, and do so by directly visiting a handful of their preferred news outlets.” Further, while social channels and search can lead to “higher segregation” and filter bubbles, those methods of news discovery can also be “associated with higher exposure to opposing perspectives, in contrast to filter-bubble fears.”

– See more at: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/social-media/facebook-political-polarization-data-science-research#sthash.XVhXOF6m.dpuf

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