Don't blame the algorithm! Study finds users' own political views are what REALLY drive them to fake news
Paranoid about social media and search engine algorithms serving slanted news to the public? The worst offenders might just be those biased members of the public themselves.
Communications and data scientists from three universities tracked the web browsing habits of over a thousand internet news consumers for the duration of the 2018 and 2020 US election cycles.
They compared the partisan nature of various Google search results to these users' own independent internet habits, as well as to which links from those Google recommendations their subjects engaged with.