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Getting Your News From Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
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We all know the news media is skewed. Whether it's under-reporting or sensationalizing, it’s a safe bet that you’re not getting the total picture on any news story. Even more skewed, it appears that some people (30% to be exact) are getting their news updates from Facebook.

Facebook wants to be your Internet everything. They want their site to be your home page, for Facebook Home to be on your phone, and for the social media site to be your online home base. Who needs to visit online news sites when all the information you need is right there your Facebook feed?

Except you certainly aren’t getting the entire picture that way. Your Facebook feed is populated by the posts of people on your Friends List, so unless you run with the journalism crowd, chances are your feed is lacking fairness and balance.

Would you ever admit to anyone that Facebook is your source for current events? Probably not, but for a lot of people, it apparently is. According to a Pew Research Center study, one in three Americans gets their news from Facebook.

Still, if you have a diverse group of friends, you may be more well rounded than most.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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