Newsonomics: Facebook’s Trending Topics and the Growing Power of the Funnel Filter

Forget the sideshow of mock Republican outrage about Facebook twisting and turning the truth and forcing the liberal agenda on an unwary America.

The real story here, just poked at in the mild Gizmodo revelations, is how fewer people are deciding what more people see as “news” every moment and every day. This has been the Year of the Platform as the three hugely dominant companies of our time — Facebook, Google, and Apple — battle to win maximal time on their products (competitor Amazon plays a parallel but different game).

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