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On social media and in online search results, algorithms can limit the information you’re likely to discover. Algorithms collect data about our actions online, such as what we search for or which social media accounts we follow, and use this information to guide us to posts or search results that we are likely to find engaging or useful.
Eli Pariser's 2011 Ted Talk popularized the phrase 'filter bubble' to describe how algorithms impact us on social media: "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." It is important to note that there has been more recent research that shows that "growth in polarization in recent years is largest for the demographic groups least likely to use the internet and social media.” Still, the issue remains that social media can limit the variety of perspectives we’re likely to encounter online.
To counter the effects of algorithms, it’s important to intentionally seek out a variety of perspectives on an issue, especially if you’re planning to share information about a topic on social media. One way to do this is to use AllSides to explore news stories about a topic from the left, right, and center. AllSides is an organization that analyzes media bias and curates news sources from a range of political perspectives. You can browse current news stories or search for specific news topics.
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