One Year In, Facebook’s Big Algorithm Change Has Spurred an Angry, Fox News-Dominated News Feed
- pushed up articles on divisive topics like abortion, religion, and guns;
- politics rules; and
- the “angry” reaction () dominates many pages, with “Fox News driving the most angry reactions of anyone, with nearly double that of anyone else.”
Of course, all that isn’t only Facebook’s fault. The content that dominates the platform now might have risen even without an algorithmic boost. But what’s clear is that Mark Zuckerberg’s January 2018 exhortation that the time spent on Facebook be “time well spent” has not come to pass: Instead, it’s often an angry, reactive place where people go to get worked up and to get scared.