Facebook is a black box – researchers consider it dangerous – economy

Is the world’s largest communications platform an echo chamber for right-wing conspiracy ideologues? Facebook prefers not to talk about it – and excludes researchers who demand independent information.

By Simon Hurtz

The short version goes like this: Facebook wants to counter the impression that the platform is a huge echo chamber for right-wing agitation and conspiracy tales. The company therefore publishes a report that raises more questions than it answers. Next, we learn that Facebook kept similar numbers for the first quarter under lock and key – allegedly because officials feared a PR disaster. In the end everything comes out, the excitement is immense, only one question remains unanswered: is Facebook a huge echo chamber for stories of right-wing agitation and conspiracy?

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