Ryan Broderick did an experiment for Buzzfeed where he created a fake account for the purposes of getting only right wing news. While his conclusions aren’t super revelatory, it is notable how quickly things in his feed devolve from official RNC posts to fake news and neo-nazi memes. I’m curious what the results would be for a left-wing version of this test.
For their part, Facebook has denounced Broderick’s research.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “This isn’t an experiment; it’s a stunt.” pic.twitter.com/jqkTKX3mVz
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 8, 2017
Other publications have done similar research. For instance, The Wall Street Journal has a “Blue Feed Red Feed” feature that allows you to see posts from different across the political spectrum.
Also worth checking out: Broderick and his colleague, Katie Notopolous, created a glossary of far-right and memes that will be helpful to anyone trying to understand this world.