A Deadly Echo Chamber

Levine Lowdown

Everything that has occurred in the world over the past three weeks has been because of one media outlet, social media. Protests, stories, opinions, debates, images and videos regarding the black lives matter movement have been shared on social media saturating many social media platforms. However, although social media makes us connected, it also divides even more than we could ever imagine. Social media creates a deadly echo chamber.

The phenomenon of confirmation bias is prevalent on social media as users seek information that supports their current convictions. An investigation into the datasets of Facebook found that users belonging to different groups do not commonly interact and primarily connect with like-minded people. Moreover, this study found that social media users who discuss issues online will become increasingly extreme in their beliefs, leading to their opinions becoming polarised. This creates an echo chamber effect where a user’s views are reinforced continuously…

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