Study suggests online news not a major contributor to partisan news consumption


With the rise of digital platforms as a major distribution channel for news, concerns about “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers” — a phenomenon that occurs when platforms’ algorithms only serve readers content that they already agree with — have arisen. As more and more news consumers get information online, the scholarly community has worked to investigate the impact of this shift and the degree to which it perpetuates partisan viewpoints due to the lack of visibility of alternative perspectives. A study published in the journal Science Advances in 2022 added new data to the field and suggests that unlike TV, online news is not a major driver of partisan news consumption.

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