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Anatomy of news consumption on Facebook

Schmidt, Ana Lucía and Zollo, Fabiana and Del Vicario, Michela and Bessi, Alessandro and Scala, Antonio and Caldarelli, Guido and Stanley, H. Eugene and Quattrociocchi, Walter Anatomy of news consumption on Facebook. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (12). pp. 3035-3039. ISSN 1091-6490 (2017)

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Abstract

The advent of social media and microblogging platforms has radically changed the way we consume information and form opinions. In this paper, we explore the anatomy of the information space on Facebook by characterizing on a global scale the news consumption patterns of 376 million users over a time span of 6 y (January 2010 to December 2015). We find that users tend to focus on a limited set of pages, producing a sharp community structure among news outlets. We also find that the preferences of users and news providers differ. By tracking how Facebook pages “like” each other and examining their geolocation, we find that news providers are more geographically confined than users. We devise a simple model of selective exposure that reproduces the observed connectivity patterns.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1073/pnas.1617052114
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 08:35
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 08:35
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3686

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