Can echo chamber be enabled by internet?
Published on May 09, 2015 12:21:21 PM
Social media has been criticized for creating ‘echo chamber’ effect as they allow the users to separate themselves from overall reality by letting them select what they like to watch.
A new study published by Eytan Bakshy, who is a scientist on Facebook Data Science, and his team say that the echo chamber is not that bad like what the users think about it. They also worked on calculating how much the social network’s formula for its News Feed separates the users from different opinions.
There was a query asked by the users whether Facebook creates "filter bubbles.” Filter bubbles is a personalized search in which a website algorithm can make a guess, what information a user would like to access.
Facebook tells that the News Feed that most of the Facebook users get on their page don’t get deleted.
Facebook’s algorithms are not to be blamed as the users are the one who select to watch something and based on their searches Facebook provides them with the options, as per the study.
The study also says, calculating the information shared by the Facebook users’ friends tells about the same percentage that cuts across ideological lines.
The study was done to know how much the Facebook users are interested in knowing the information that have different opinions.