Facebook Increasingly Owns the News

By Deane Barker on October 27, 2014

How Facebook is changing the way its users consume news: Wow. I admit to always looking at the “Trending” column on the right, but I never knew it was this pervasive.

About 30 percent of adults in the United States get their news on Facebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. The fortunes of a news site, in short, can rise or fall depending on how it performs in Facebook’s News Feed.

This is, of course, the ultimate manifestation of Eli Pariser’s Filter Bubble, through which we continue to hear the things we want to hear.