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"In our bubbles"

Social media platforms are great for connecting people, but they also help to create so-called ‘filter bubbles’. They select information and expose us to things we have already approved and liked in the past. These filters lead to an illusion of seeing the whole picture, whereas in reality we remain confined to a limited media environment shared with mostly like-minded people. Since such bubbles do not leave much room for diverging views and alternative sources, they provide fertile ground for falsehoods to spread and thrive.