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Facebook Generates Extremism for Society and Profits for Investors

KRAKOW, POLAND - 2018/09/06: Facebook  logo is seen on an android mobile phone in front of a computer screen  with facebook sign. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KRAKOW, POLAND - 2018/09/06: Facebook logo is seen on an android mobile phone in front of a computer screen with facebook sign. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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October 26, 2020 11:22 a.m.

We’re all in the final stretch of the big contest. But I wanted to flag your attention to a column in the Post about some new peer-reviewed research about Facebook and its effect on political polarization. Unsurprisingly the more time someone spends on Facebook the more polarized their beliefs become. But it’s five times more polarizing for conservatives than for liberals. And that’s not the most telling data.

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