September 27, 2021

Political bias on social media emerges from users, not platform

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2021-09-27 13:30:08

September 27, 2021

by Indiana University

In this era of political polarization, many accuse online social media platforms such as Twitter of liberal bias, intentionally favoring and amplifying liberal content and users while suppressing other political content.

But a new Indiana University study finds this is not the case. Political biases, the researchers found, stem from the social interactions of our accounts—we receive content closely aligned with whatever our online friends produce, especially our very first online friends. Also, political biases on Twitter favor conservative content.

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