Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment

  title={Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment},
  author={Ro’ee Levy},
  journal={Mass Communication eJournal},
  • Ro’ee Levy
  • Published 19 August 2020
  • Business
  • Mass Communication eJournal
Does the consumption of ideologically congruent news on social media exacerbate polarization? I estimate the effects of social media news exposure by conducting a large field experiment randomly offering participants subscriptions to conservative or liberal news outlets on Facebook. I collect data on the causal chain of media effects: subscriptions to outlets, exposure to news on Facebook, visits to online news sites, and sharing of posts, as well as changes in political opinions and attitudes… 
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