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It’s Time to Pop China’s Online Filter Bubbles

One afternoon in mid-November, a university journalism professor confided in me a not-so-shocking secret: “I only found out today what ‘Versailles literature’ actually means.” China’s latest buzzword was already all over the internet and on every student’s lips, but he had never encountered it during his daily online browsing sessions.…
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January 6, 2021
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Election reality fails to pop GOP’s online filter bubble

The Trump administration's fight to question the election's outcome is providing a massive field test of the effectiveness of online echo chambers and filter bubbles.The state of play: So far, the evidence from the Trump universe shows partisan delusion winning out over objective reality.By the numbers: Some 70% of Republicans…
bubmag
November 12, 2020
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The Anonymous Culture Cops of the Internet

This sort of research can, piece by piece, help reshape the online landscape so it isn’t quite so tribal and awash in misinformation and vitriol.Photograph by Prostock-studio / ShutterstockGiant tech companies and governments largely determine what content is and isn’t allowed online, and their decisions impact billions of people: 55…
bubmag
August 12, 2020
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TheirTube simulates what other people’s YouTube feed looks like

TheirTube is a YouTube filter bubble simulator that provides a look into how videos are recommended on other people's YouTube home page. Each persona simulates a real YouTube user by recreating their viewing history and then displays their recommendation bubble. From their site: Each of these TheirTube personas is informed…
bubmag
July 29, 2020
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What does FYP mean on TikTok?

If you’ve scrolled through TikTok, you’ve likely seen the hashtag #fyp, followed by #foryoupage. They mean the same thing: For You page, TikTok’s portal into content it thinks you might like.  Because it shows you content from anyone, and not just people you follow, the FYP has become a coveted…
bubmag
June 19, 2020