Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment

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Written by Ro'ee Levy 11 October 2021

The authors demonstrate that “exposure to pro-attitudinal news increases affective polarization compared to counter-attitudinal news”, yet shows that “individuals are not easily persuaded by the political leaning of their news exposure”, thus suggesting a “ long-term increase in affective polarization, without an equivalent change in political opinions (Mason 2015)”.

Publisher: Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University

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