A new browser extension could help make your Facebook feed feel a little less like an echo chamber for your own political beliefs.
The program, called EscapeYourBubble, claims to replace ads on the social network with hand-picked articles that illuminate a point of view you may not have considered (though in practice, the articles currently more often appear around the ads).
Users simply identify as either “Democrat” or a “Republican” when installing the plug-in, and potentially opposing viewpoints are served accordingly.
Because of the way its news algorithm matches posts to your views and interests, Facebook has an alarming tendency to silo its users into separate, ideology-driven realities where they’re seldom exposed to people with a disagreeing opinions. Read more…