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Mother Jones: I Friended a Bunch of Trump Voters. It’s Been a Fascinating Week.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:09
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Not a bad idea for those on the insulated “Left.” Not a bad idea for Trump folks to befriend a few Mother Jones readers either. (That is if one has the ability to discuss political issues like an adult. If not, just stick to one’s echo chamber.)

(From Mother Jones)

I began a mini-experiment after the election: Facebook-friend every Trump voter I interviewed this year. I hope to dish up more diverse political views for our readers, and to inspire Facebook’s algorithm to deliver different news sources to my feed. I also want to keep reporting on voters’ reactions after the election—to see how their views change over time and if mine do, too.

Since I started, Facebook has weathered a storm of criticism for its role in amplifying fake news and reinforcing the isolation of our political bubbles. Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina sociologist, wrote in the New York Times last week that Facebook’s algorithm “chooses which updates appear higher up in users’ news feeds and which are buried.” The problem? “Humans already tend to cluster among like-minded people and seek news that confirms their biases.” Facebook prioritizes content that users find “comforting,” Tufekci wrote.

What is missing is that bracing, even essential discomfort of democracy—something I want injected into my feed more regularly.

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