In Germany, a News Site is Pairing Up Liberals and Conservatives and Actually Getting Them to Have a Civil Conversation

If only online dating could go as smoothly.

As an attempted antidote to sociopolitical polarization in its country — particularly all the hateful logjams that play out online — the German national news site Zeit Online has developed a seemingly simple mechanism of matching up people who live near each other but have different views on policy, and encouraging them to meet offline to hash out their disagreements.

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