When should you unfriend someone on Facebook?


The nature and ethics of “fake news” has become a subject of widespread concern.

But, for many of us, the issue is much more personal: What are we to do when a cranky uncle or an otherwise pleasant old friend persists in populating our news feeds with a stream of posts that can run deeply contrary to our own values?

Laun 2bOne option is to unfriend people who share material that conflicts with our values.

But a siloed environment where people self-select into echo chambers could also be worrisome.

As a researcher working on the ethics of social technologies, I start with what might seem like an unlikely source…

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