- Mark Zuckerberg - The Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook
The Filter Bubble term was coined by internet activist Eli Pariser in his book by the same name; according to Pariser, users get less exposure to conflicting viewpoints and are isolated intellectually in their own informational bubble.
The existence of The Filter Bubble "closes us off to new ideas, subjects, and important information" and "creates the impression that our narrow self-interest is all that exists". The invisible algorithmic editing of our Facebook Newsfeeds limits our exposure to new information and narrow our outlook. According to Pariser, the detrimental effects of filter bubbles include harm to the general society in the sense that it has the possibility of "undermining civic discourse" and making people more vulnerable to "propaganda and manipulation".
He wrote: "A world constructed from the familiar is a world in which there’s nothing to learn ... (since there is) invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas."
— Eli Pariser in The Economist, 2011
The Facebook algorithm divided us up into sub-groups of like-minded people who become insulated within their own online community and fail to get exposure to different views.
Today like never before we need to narrow the divide between liberals and conservatives - we have no platform to even get to know each other, Facebook has a unique chance to become The Bridge we need in America.
We, the undersigned, call on the Facebook to eliminate targeting of the political posts ONLY to people who share our political views. In order to have real global meaningful political discussions, we need to be exposed to opposing views as much as to those confirming our biases. We understand that Facebook algorithms are designed to show the users the posts that are aligned with their general life preferences, but shielding us from the political views that are opposing ours creates the echo chambers that increase the polarization within society and prevents any dialogue across the divides. We believe in the power of Social Media and we believe that Facebook's artificial intelligence should be able to distinguish political posts from everything else.
The Mr. Zuckerberg, Tear Down The Political Filter Bubble's Wall! petition to Mark Zuckerberg - The Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook was written by Huddled Masses Media and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.