UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds. “Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates, according to the study, published Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The reporting trend occurs across crime types and geographic regions, but is especially prevalent in much of the Midwest and some of the South and mid-Atlantic. It also increases with the proportion of both Republican voters and non-Black residents, the researchers said.”

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