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Facebook’s Extremes

On the far left and the far right, users of the social network are stuck in echo chambers of their own making.

Does Facebook filter our political discourse? Last week, the company released a study of user profiles that purported to show that the social network’s News Feed algorithm doesn’t limit our access to diverse and opposing political points of view. Rather, it said, the narrowness of our Facebook conversations is a result of how we naturally behave. Facebook didn’t create the so-called filter bubble, the authors claimed; it merely reflects it.

Facebook study says it’s your fault, not theirs, if your feed is all like-minded friends

Is Facebook an echo chamber? Does the social network help us create filter bubbles, through which we’re only exposed to content and opinions that are like our own? According to the company, not really.

In new study published today in the journal Science, Facebook claims that it’s mostly humans, not its News Feed ranking algorithm, that are at fault for making their feeds ideologically consistent.

“While News Feed surfaces content that is slightly more aligned with an individual’s own ideology (based on that person’s actions on Facebook), who they friend and what content they click on are more consequential than the News Feed ranking in terms of how much diverse content they encounter,” according to Facebook’s Data Science page.

Facebook Is Eating the Internet

The state of the media in 2015 begins and ends with the tech giant.

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media. It drives a quarter of all web traffic. In turn, Facebook sucks up a huge portion of ad revenue—the money that keeps news organizations running—and holds an enormous captive audience.

Facebook tracks users, even those who don’t use it, says privacy report

Belgium’s data protection body has accused the social network of using plug-ins and cookies to follow users who have deleted their profile or never signed up for an account.That means the social media giant is breaching European law requiring users to choose whether to have tracking cookies placed on their device or not.

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm

For heavy Facebook users, let alone social media gurus, the idea that Facebook’s news feed is filtered by an algorithm is very, very old news. But a majority of everyday Facebook users in a recent study had no idea that Facebook constructs their experience, pushing certain posts into their stream and leaving others out. And worse, many participants blamed themselves, not Facebook’s software, when friends or family disappeared from their news feeds.

Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Teenagers are tired of sharing every aspect of their lives online and are taking steps to ensure their privacy on social media, report reveals

  • Young people are un-tagging pictures, writing false posts to ensure privacy
  • Code known as ‘vague-booking’ is used to prompts messages from friends
  • Some youngsters are adopting parallel identities for things like gaming
  • Report says teenagers are increasingly concerned with what strangers see
  • Contradicts Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s claim in 2010 that people have become more comfortable with posting private information online
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