Social Media Deepens The Political Divide. Unfriending Makes It Worse
Americans are blocking out the friends and news sites that won't confirm their views.By Zach Toombs | November 3, 2016
Social media is creating a new kind of political divide. And when you unfriend someone over a political argument, you're making that divide even deeper. I'll explain.
This is your real-life social circle: family, friends, classmates, co-workers. Many of these people are likely from a similar background as you and have a similar worldview. But your social news feed takes that to a new level. Facebook's algorithm promotes the types of posts that you like and share, and it hides away posts that put you off or that you don't interact with.