New Study Examines Social Media Echo Chambers

Article Source: Dartmouth

Article Source: Dartmouth

  • A study published in the journal Nature found that reducing Facebook users’ exposure to content from politically “like-minded” sources had no measurable effect on their political beliefs or attitudes during the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • The study was part of the U.S. 2020 Facebook and Instagram Election Study, a collaboration between 17 academics and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to examine the role of social media in U.S. democracy.
  • The study included two main components: measuring the exposure levels of Facebook users to like-minded sources and conducting a multiwave experiment to reduce exposure to like-minded sources. Despite the reduction in exposure, there were no measurable effects on political attitudes and polarization.  Read More

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