Log into Facebook or Twitter today and it’s likely that you’ll find something political within the first few posts of your news feed. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, a significant number of people are feeling strained by the massive amount of political discourse on social media this election year.
The survey found that one-third of social media users are “worn out” by the increased amount of political content on their feeds. Even more — one-half of users — described interactions with people who possess different political views as “stressful and frustrating,” the News Hour’s Courtney Norris reported.
Meanwhile, recent reporting and analysis showed that business is booming for Facebook pages that post provocative content containing misleading information. This week on the News Hour, science correspondent Miles O’Brien discussed how Twitter bots — mimicking humans — are influencing the dialogue among social media users.