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Facebook plans to create reassuring news bubbles

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:44 am    Post subject: Facebook plans to create reassuring news bubbles Reply with quote

As the protests in Ferguson, Missouri over police fatally shooting 19-year-old Mike Brown have raged through the past several nights, more than a few people have noticed how relatively quiet Facebook news feeds have been on the matter. While #Ferguson is a trending hashtag, Zeynep Tufekci pointed out at Medium that news about the violence was, at best, slow to percolate through her own feed, despite people posting liberally about it.

While I've been seeing the same political trending tags, my feed is mundane as usual: a couple is expecting a baby. A recreational softball team won a league championship. A few broader feel-good posts about actor Chris Pratt's ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS, another friend's ice-bucket challenge, another friend's ice-bucket challenge… in fact, way more about ice bucket challenges than Ferguson or any other news-making event. In my news feed organised by top stories over the last day, I get one post about Ferguson. If I set it to organise by "most recent," there are five posts in the last five hours.

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