SPOKANE, Wash. - As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.
Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.
If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.
And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.
Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.
Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.
The danger here is that instead of getting all sides of the story, you are only seeing information that supports your point of view.
So, if you're looking to get he full story, it's going to require a little extra work.
You'll have to actually seek out stories from multiple viewpoints. But, as you do your search, make sure you are looking for stories from credible news journalists rather than getting information from blog posts or unknown sources.
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