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Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook

Overview of attention for article published in Science, May 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#34 of 40,500)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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Title
Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook
Published in
Science, May 2015
DOI 10.1126/science.aaa1160
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Authors

Eytan Bakshy, Solomon Messing, Lada Adamic, Lada A. Adamic, Bakshy, Eytan, Messing, Solomon, Adamic, Lada

Abstract

Exposure to news, opinion and civic information increasingly occurs through social media. How do these online networks influence exposure to perspectives that cut across ideological lines? Using de-identified data, we examined how 10.1 million U.S. Facebook users interact with socially shared news. We directly measured ideological homophily in friend networks, and examine the extent to which heterogeneous friends could potentially expose individuals to cross-cutting content. We then quantified the extent to which individuals encounter comparatively more or less diverse content while interacting via Facebook's algorithmically ranked News Feed, and further studied users' choices to click through to ideologically discordant content. Compared to algorithmic ranking, individuals' choices about what to consume had a stronger effect limiting exposure to cross-cutting content.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 24 5%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Netherlands 6 1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
Spain 4 <1%
Israel 3 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Other 26 5%
Unknown 442 84%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 182 35%
Student > Master 85 16%
Researcher 71 13%
Student > Bachelor 54 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 39 7%
Other 95 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 192 37%
Computer Science 106 20%
Psychology 48 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 23 4%
Physics and Astronomy 22 4%
Other 135 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1601. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 June 2017.
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#502
of 7,945,514 outputs
Outputs from Science
#34
of 40,500 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#20
of 206,555 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#3
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