Social media loves echo chambers, but the human brain helps create them

Date: 12/12/2016
Category: Online Publication
Tags: Information Overload,news,politics,Social Networks
Source Author: Chris Baraniuk
Source Date: 11/17/2016
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In the week since Donald Trump’s victory, debate has raged over the role played by social media in the US election. Both Trump and his campaign’s digital director have partially credited social networks for his win, and Mark Zuckerberg has been under huge pressure to tackle the proliferation of fake stories on Facebook. On Wednesday, a BuzzFeed analysis found that fake news outperformed real news in the run-up to Election Day, and Oxford Dictionaries declared its word of the year to be “post-truth.” All in all, a tough time for objectivity.

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