The (Un)Balanced Social Media Landscape

December 12, 2017

I discovered some stats from a 2016 Harvard study which discussed politics in the social media landscape. It’s a good read and worth checking out, but one (actually three partial) things stood out most of all: the political distribution on the open web, social media, and especially Facebok in particular.

Take a look at this graph1:

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That’s an insane distribution. I believe political discourse belongs on Facebook, but there’s a largely over-represented group and just as well an under-represented group… both on the same side.

I can only imagine that with time, the numbers will drift farther left and right still. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider Facebook’s place in my daily life.

  1. Source: “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election”. Harvard, 2016. 


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