Our Thinking
14. November2016
In the sanctuary of Facebook: Having an authoritarian control over your newsfeed

In the sanctuary of Facebook: Having an authoritarian control over your newsfeed

By Nomin Lyons

 

Facebook is a bubble. Unlike The Simpsons, it didn’t prepare me for the next U.S. president. Not that it had to. Facebook is a semi-utopian virtual space that is designed to give us the content that we like, reinforcing and magnifying our views. I have become acutely aware of this fact in the post-election period.

 

Trump’s candidacy wasn’t taken seriously by most and here we are. Tragic or not, the President Elect is our reality till 2020. Let me pose a question that I was asked after the election: Was your Facebook News feed predominantly skewed towards one or another of the candidates?

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