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If someone shares your politics, you’re less likely to block them when they post misinformation | Nieman Journalism Lab

By Shraddha Chakradhar
March 23, 2022

It’s a set of actions that’s probably familiar to many Facebook users by now: You see a friend — perhaps an older relative or someone you’ve lost touch with over the years — share questionable, offensive, or downright inaccurate posts, and eventually you reach for that “Unfollow” button.

A new study published last week in the Journal of Communication unpacks some of the patterns associated with this tried-and-tested method of limiting the misinformation that users opt to see when scrolling through their Facebook feeds. In the study of just under 1,000 volunteers, researchers Johannes Kaiser, Cristian Vaccari, Andrew Chadwick found that users were more likely to block those who shared misinformation when their political ideology differed from their own.

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Source: If someone shares your politics, you’re less likely to block them when they post misinformation | Nieman Journalism Lab

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