Eli Pariser's 2011 Ted Talk popularized the phrase 'filter bubble': "As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a 'filter bubble' and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview."
BlueFeed, Red Feed: The Wall Street Journal created this visualization to provide a stark visual representation of the very different messages that Americans receive via social media based upon their political beliefs and browsing habits. It provides a rare, side-by-side look at how topics are treated within different populations and from different sources.
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|Storyful, a self-billed "social news agency" who monitors and verifies high-traffic social media stories, discusses their validation process with several examples.|
View this clip of political satire program The Colbert Report, first aired on October 17, 2005, for the origin of this Merriam-Webster 2006 Word of the Year. Widely considered the antecedent to the Oxford Dictionaries' 2016 Word of the Year, "post-truth".
Rumor Cascades, an article published by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, tracks the propagation of thousands of rumors appearing on Facebook and infers the rates at which rumors from different categories and of varying truth value are uploaded and reshared. (Note that three of the authors are Facebook employees.)