Saturday, May 09, 2015

What Facebook's 'It's Not Our Fault' Study Really Means | WIRED

A timely Facebook reality check

"Facebook is a private corporation with a terrible public relations problem. It is periodically rated one of the least popular companies in existence. It is currently facing serious government investigations into illegal practices in many countries, some of which stem from the manipulation of its news feed algorithm. In this context, I have to say that it doesn’t seem wise for these Facebook researchers to have spun these data so hard in this direction, which I would summarize as: the algorithm is less selective and less polarizing. Particularly when the research finding in their own study is actually that the Facebook algorithm is modestly more selective and more polarizing than living your life without it."
What Facebook's 'It's Not Our Fault' Study Really Means | WIRED
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