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?