News Media Disproportionately Covers Facebook, New Data Shows

Facebook has not had a very easy relationship with the press, especially over the course of the past five years after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2016 revealed how data gleaned from Facebook might have negatively influenced the presidential election in the US. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the past few months have been even worse from Facebook, with recent data indicating the Facebook is getting mentioned by new outlets far more than any of its competitors.

This data comes from Signal AI, and it involved an analysis of numerous news articles to see what they were about because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up painting a clearer picture about what was truly going on in the world around us. The thing to note here is that Instagram mentions were not included in this at all, which means that all of this negative attention is surrounding Facebook alone.

This increased scrutiny has come about after a series of leaks from a whistleblower which showed how Facebook might have facilitated the spread of misinformation on its platform, something that made the pandemic as well as the 2020 election worse than they would have otherwise ended up being with all things having been considered and taken into account. Facebook is considering a name change to try and fix this issue, but despite that the social media platform might continue to get negative press. Other tech companies face their own controversies as well, but none seem to invoke the ire that Facebook does and one reason for this might be that Facebook generally tends to be a lot less above board when it is dealing with the data that it gets from its consumers.

H/T: Axio.

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