Social Media’s Filter Bubble Driving Political Anger

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Tom Steinberg is one of those internet gurus who actually does interesting and useful things and he is really on to something with his fears about the filter bubble:

I am actively searching through Facebook for people celebrating the Brexit leave victory, but the filter bubble is SO strong, and extends SO far into things like Facebook’s custom search that I can’t find anyone who is happy despite the fact that over half the country is clearly jubilant today and despite the fact that I’m *actively* looking to hear what they are saying.

This echo-chamber problem is now SO severe and SO chronic that I can only only beg any friends I have who actually work for Facebook and other major social media and technology to urgently tell their leaders that to not act on this problem now is tantamount to actively supporting and funding the tearing apart of the fabric of our societies. Just because they aren’t like anarchists or terrorists – they’re not doing the tearing apart on purpose – is no excuse – the effect is the same, we’re getting countries where one half just doesn’t know anything at all about the other.

It’s in the power of people like Mark Zuckerberg to do something about this, if they’re strong enough and wise enough to swap a little shareholder value for the welfare of whole nations, and the world as a whole.

Filter bubbles exist outside social media, Guido noticed that during the 2008 Ken v Boris campaign private car owners didn’t know anyone who was going to vote for Ken and those who solely relied on public transport were almost the reverse, they didn’t know anyone who was going to vote for Boris. That was a function of income to some degree. People associate with people like themselves in real life. As our information sources become ever more filtered and self-socialised this will mean that we live in our own social media echo chambers.

It seems that after every major political event people who have been living in a filtered world find it difficult to believe that their opponents won. Because we’re living in our own filter bubbles.

This is even more pronounced on the left because so many of them never read right-leaning media, whereas those of us on the right are more used to reading The Guardian, watching Channel 4 News, Newsnight et al. Is this a significant social problem? Or does it just mean that after elections the losers will be unpleasantly surprised?

See also Dr Max Wilson on the subject:

 

Lammy: MPs Should Ignore Referendum Result

Delusional David Lammy has said parliament should ignore the referendum result and vote to Remain in the EU anyway:

“Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.

The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign’s platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn’t voted Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of the lies and hubris of Boris Johnson.”

A Labour MP effectively telling millions of working class Labour voters across the country he doesn’t care what they think…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 327,588 visitors visited 830,557 times viewing 1,372,817 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Eddie Izzard’s Lipstick Kiss of Death

That Eddie Izzard campaign record in full:

  • join the euro
  • elect Ken Livingstone
  • elect Gordon Brown
  • vote Yes in the AV referedum
  • elect Ed Miliband
  • elect Andy Burnham as Labour leader
  • Remain in the EU

The lip-sticked kiss of death strikes again…

Corbyn No Confidence Motion Tabled

The BBC reports Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey have tabled a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn, which could be voted on on Tuesday night. The PLP might be able to topple him but how will they win round the membership? The problem with Blairites organising a putsch against Jez is they were the ones out of touch with Labour voters…

Boris and Gove Pay Tribute to Cameron

Next Prime Minister Runners and Riders

Boris Johnson 4/5

Theresa May 3/1

Michael Gove 5/1

Andrea Leadsom 10/1

Stephen Crabb 16/1

Priti Patel 16/1

George Osborne 16/1

Sajid Javid 20/1

Dominic Raab 20/1

Philip Hammond 20/1

Liam Fox 25/1

Amber Rudd 25/1

Ruth Davidson 25/1

These are the initial next PM odds via Ladbrokes. Meanwhile “friends of” dripping Europhile Nicky Morgan have told Sky she is “taking soundings”, which is a laugh. Several of the above names can immediately be discounted. Boris presser at 11am…

Live Plot to Remove Corbyn

Here is the situation with Labour as of 9:30am. Corbyn is “definitely” facing a live plot to remove him as leader – the Shadow Cabinet meets at 10am where it is possible Shadow ministers will tell him to resign or threaten to resign themselves. Labour MPs are putting heavy pressure on Shadow ministers to man up and tell him to go immediately. Shadow Cabinet members are spreading rumours that Corbyn and McDonnell personally voted to Leave…

There are rumours of a letter of no confidence in circulation, though it has yet to reach some moderates Guido has spoken to. That could take a few days to come to fruition. Angela Eagle, a possible successor, has dodged questions about whether Corbyn should resign. John McDonnell is named as either being “behind” moves against Corbyn or as a potential successor. McDonnell’s team, including his top aide James Meadway, were in Portcullis House this morning where they were described as jubilant by a witness. Sadiq Khan is meeting Labour MPs in parliament too. Could a second party leader be out this weekend?

Cameron Resigns

An emotional Cameron announces he will stand down, new leader in place by October…

READ: Leaked Labour Script Hails Corbyn

These are the lines sent to Labour MPs by party spin doctors this morning:

Referendum 0600 script

Top lines:

Clearly many communities across our country feel left behind and cut off by the political establishment in Brussels and Westminster. This was a rejection of the status quo by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country, for whom the economy is not working.

After this divisive campaign and close vote, the first task is to come together and heal the divisions. Our country is divided and things need to change. Politicians on all sides must respect the voice of the British people, who have spoken.

Labour is the only party that can meet the challenge we now face. We realise that people want politicians who put them first. As the party that stands up for working people, Labour is best placed re-unite the country – we can do so as we did not engage in project fear, and we share people’s dissatisfaction with the status quo, which is why we put a critical case for both remain and reform.

In making this argument Labour showed that it is far closer to the centre of gravity of the British public than other political parties. Jeremy is uniquely placed as a critical remainer. He understands why people voted to leave, he understood people’s criticisms of Europe – and is the only leader of a major party in Britain to whom that applies.

The Tories cannot possibly provide the leadership we need — they are divided from top to bottom.

It is hard to see how David Cameron has a long-term future as Prime Minister, but Labour’s immediate priority is to stabilise the country and the markets.

All hail Jez, apparently…

Britain Votes For Brexit

Jean-Claude Juncker, Andrew Cooper, Janan Ganesh, Peter Kellner, Dan Hodges, Sajid Javid, Eddie Izzard, Peter Mandelson, Roland Rudd, Will Straw, Ryan Coetzee, Richard Branson, Sarah Wollaston, Sayeeda Warsi, Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Mark Carney, Alan Mak, Tom Newton Dunn… You boys took one helluva beating…

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BBC Declares Brexit Winner

History in the making…

Nigel Farage “Dares to Dream” Brexit Victory

“Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”

3 A.M. National Results Summary

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Remain just ahead, pound recovering some ground…

2 A.M. National Results Summary

Leave doing better in preliminary results than expected. Long way to go yet…

Guido’s Referendum Best Bits

Relive all your favourite bits from the referendum in one handy video. Let’s hope we can add an alternative ending tomorrow… […]

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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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