"The Internet is Broken": Why We Need AllSides

"When it comes to politics and cultural issues, the internet is broken.” John Gable has a passion for civic engagement that has led him from politics to technology. As co-founder of AllSides and AllSides for Schools, John is in the vanguard of those working to fix what’s broken with the...
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Will Breaking Up Big Tech Companies Reduce Polarization? This MIT Professor Argues a Different Approach

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. In his 2020 book The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health — and How We Must Adapt , MIT Sloan School of Management professor Sinan Aral offers a comprehensive and insightful new...
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25 Years After Legal Protections for Internet Companies, Democrats and Republicans Want to Raise the Standards

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. Almost 25 years ago, Congress passed legislation that shields tech companies from legal liability for user content, but also states that content moderation must be done in good faith. Social media companies have benefitted from...
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Trump vs. Biden on Big Tech, Explained in 2 Minutes

Here's a brief overview of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden 's stances on Big Tech, plus quick links to articles covering the topic from across the political spectrum as determined by AllSides Media Bias Ratings . Trump: President Donald Trump's administration has initiated an antitrust...
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The Economist’s Analysis of Facebook Media Bias Misses the Mark

A recent examination of media bias on Facebook caught our eye here at AllSides. It is an important topic and we found the report to be interesting, but we also found some problems with it that lead to invalid conclusions. We’ve identified a number of flaws in the methodology used in a...
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How Should We Address Differences in News Outlets’ Audience Sizes?

Here at AllSides, we do our best to curate news from diverse sources, which helps expose our readers (and us) to different perspectives. Not all news sources are equal, however; some outlets have much larger audiences than others. This means their coverage, and therefore their bias,...
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Story of the Week: Twitter and Trump Clash After Company Adds Warning Tag to His Tweets

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. President Donald Trump and Twitter are feuding over the president's tweets and the social media platform's vetting of them. The president plans to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at reducing liability...
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American Airlines CEO Sounds Warning About Political Polarization and Technology That Divides Us

“Polarization stifles healthy debate, free thinking and compromise, and replaces them with rhetoric, groupthinking, and anger.” Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines, recently gave the graduation keynote speech for Southern Methodist University’s class of 2019 — and his...
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News Posts With Moral and Emotional Language Spread Quickly, But Deepen Polarization

Social media sites are chock full of political discussions, disagreements, and debates. That holds especially true for Twitter, the popularity of which stems from a user’s ability to distill news and opinion into 280-character digestible bites. A team at New York University found that...
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Prominent Patreon Creators Leave Site Over Political Bias. Should Big Tech Uphold Free Speech?

Editor's Note: On Jan. 1, Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin announced they will officially leave Patreon on Jan. 15. After popular crowdfunding site Patreon banned a number of accounts this month, other account holders — particularly, those who use their funds to explore controversial ideas...
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Media Bias Fuels Political Violence in America. Can We Change?

A string of violent incidents in October further illuminated political polarization in America, raising serious concerns about how media bias contributes to hateful division — and how we must change this to heal our divide. In just the last two weeks, multiple incidents of political...
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Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?

Differences in the way liberals and conservatives view appropriate speech affects what we see online — and can lead to silencing. The Department of Justice and state attorneys general met Tuesday to discuss whether social media companies are “intentionally stifling the free exchange of...
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Tech Platforms Ban Infowars' Alex Jones, Citing Hate Speech Violations

Facebook, Apple, Youtube, and Spotify have all banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars, citing hate speech violations. Although Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey originally stated that the platform would not censor Jones' content, the company also removed several of his videos and tweets...
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