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Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending
From TechCrunch - May 24, 2017

Youre vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers.

Meanwhile, Facebook is giving more exposure to Trending Topics on mobile. Rather than only show Trending topics in the drop-down when you go to search for something on Facebooks mobile app, the company will test showing a box with the top three current Trending topics inside the News Feed. This way people will more likely discover Trending content on mobile when previously it was buried in an unintuitive spot.

Facebook tells TechCrunch that the Trending sources carousel isnt personalized to purposefully show you publishers you dont follow or that might have a contrasting view point to what you typically click and share. But by swiping through to different news sources that you dont follow, the company says it could show you different view points on the same topic.

Of course that could backfire by showing you more biased sources than youd normally read. Not every fact needs an alternative take. That can lead to misguided hot takes and senseless contrarianism. Facebook will have to keep an algorithmic eye on what publishers it shows in these carousels.

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