Guardian UK article on Confirmation Bias
This article, using the American Presidential Election cycle as a model, talks about confirmation bias and how it manifests on social media.
According to Bixby, "[C]onfirmation bias [is] the psychological tendency for people to embrace new information as affirming their pre-existing beliefs and to ignore evidence that doesn’t."
Bixby also mentions this important reality: "Platforms – and traffic-hungry websites – have followed the behavioral lead of Facebook’s users. “News sources” – largely aggregators of video clips and interviews from other sites – that barely exist beyond the sharing economy of Facebook have arisen as major players in the site’s political news sphere. Sites such as US Uncut, Occupy Democrats, Addicting Info, Make America Great and The Other 98% may barely have homepages, but their Facebook pages are rich with millions of followers and sky-high engagement – in many cases higher than many mainstream news outlets combined. Occupy Democrats, a far-left page popular with supporters of onetime Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, has 3.8 million likes on its Facebook page. MSNBC, another left-leaning outlet with far wider reach outside of Facebook, has a mere 1.6 million."
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