The news feed is designed, in Facebook’s public messaging, to “show people the stories most relevant to them” and ranks stories “so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their news feeds.”
It is a framework built around personal connections and sharing, where value is both expressed and conferred through the concept of engagement.
Such news exists primarily within users’ feeds, its authorship obscured, its provenance unclear, its veracity questionable. It exists so far outside the normal channels of news production and distribution that its claims will go unchallenged.
Connecting all of these dots certainly points to Facebook’s political prowess.
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