Filter Bubble

Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘Explore’ news feed

Facebook is ending its short-lived (and misguided) experiment with the alternative news feed feature called “Explore.” In a blog post today, Facebook head of news feed Adam Mosseri wrote:

DuckDuckGo adds tracker blocking to help curb the wider surveillance web

Some major product news from veteran anti-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo: Today it's launched revamped mobile apps and browser extensions that bake in a tracker blocker for third party sites, and i

Autodesk Generative Design takes in constraints and makes its own 3D models

It's easy to see machine learning as a creativity-killing, bubble-inducing agent invading our Facebook News Feeds and dumbing-down our Netflix habits. But increasingly, machine learning is finding a h

Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will no

Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages

Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That's because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to foll

Don’t trust Facebook’s shifting line on controversy

Would you tell Facebook you're happy to see all the bared flesh it can show you? And that the more gratuitous violence it pumps into your News Feed the better?

Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform

Facebook has responded to widespread criticism of how its Newsfeed algorithm disseminates and amplifies misinformation in the wake of the Trump victory in the US presidential election yesterday.

Blendle clocks up 1M signups for its pay-per-article journalism platform

Pay-per-article journalism startup Blendle, which aggregates the written work of different publishers onto a single, ad-free platform where readers can pick and choose which stories to consume, paying

The Great Fragmentation: We Are All Weirdos Now

"Technology isn't a section in the newspaper any more. It's the culture," quoth Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, prompting some eyebrow-raising by Guardian and New York Times columnists. And here's

What’s Your Honeywell Bubble Count?

I divided my time this month between West Africa and the Bay Area, which triggered a lot of cultural whiplash, which got me thinking about <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filter_

DuckDuckGo To Google, Bing Users: Escape Them Filter Bubbles!

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ddg.png" /> We all want solutions tailored to our needs for a lot of things, online and offline, but does that include a search engine