The Markup: Facebook Isn’t Telling You How Popular Right-Wing Content Is on the Platform

The Markup: Facebook Isn’t Telling You How Popular Right-Wing Content Is on the Platform. “In early November, Facebook published its Q3 Widely Viewed Content Report, the second in a series meant to rebut critics who said that its algorithms were boosting extremist and sensational content. The report declared that, among other things, the most popular informational content on Facebook came from sources like UNICEF, ABC News, or the CDC. But data collected by The Markup suggests that, on the contrary, sensationalist news or viral content with little original reporting performs just as well as—and often better than—many mainstream sources when it comes to how often it’s seen by platform users.”

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