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Many Americans Unconcerned About Facebook Meddling With The News

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Howard Marsh
May 18, 2016 08:00
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But American voters don t really care, according to a survey from news analytics firm Morning Consult.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said they were very comfortable or somewhat comfortable with social media networks determining the news that people see on their sites.

Fifty-five percent of Democrats and only 42 percent of Republicans were at least somewhat comfortable.

If the bias allegations are true — Facebook says they aren t — the social giant s news editors would sometimes suppress articles from conservative outlets in the Trending Topics module, a sort of sidebar where people can see popular stories.

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In the same poll, Republicans were more likely than Democrats — 36 percent to 28 percent — to say the selection of news stories on social media should be determined purely by the level of reader interest.

Of course, Facebook s automated process is still constructed and tweaked by humans who ultimately determine which parameters are prioritized.

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