Dunlap of Oklahoma University writes that the American public relies more on

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Dunlap of Oklahoma University writes that the American public relies more on the political cues of American party leaders to form their opinion on climate change than on their own personal research (2008). Since the publications of politicians are not regulated by Facebook’s fact-checking services, these political cues continue to feed American users’ knowledge about climate change policies and their effects. Additional changes to Facebook's News Feed algorithms were made to limit the spread of websites that are disproportionately popular on Facebook compared to other platforms. However, Bloomfield & Tillery (2018) of the University of Nevada analyzed the activities of two Facebook groups originating from climate denial blogosphere, Watt’s Up With That and Global Warming Policy Foundation , and found that through hyperlinking of new media, using rhetorical strategies in posts, and encouraging “echo comments” from page supporters, these blogs are able to overexpose literature that can support their pre-existing beliefs (Fahnestock, 1986, p.333). For example, community posts use metaphors to modify the interpretations of scientic ndings and belittle mainstream scientic community. The worst aspects of Facebook's privacy policy surface in private spaces, where users, their posts, linked content, and comments are not monitored by fact-checking or search bar algorithms. In an attempt to reduce trolling in public
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FACEBOOK & CONSENSUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSES IN THE U.S. 4 Hayden communities, Zuckerburg released new features emphasizing the platform’s private group chats. Subsequently, hyperpartisan lobbyist groups were attracted to congregate in Facebook's private areas and use affirmation from other like-minded members as “echo-chambers” to build upon their beliefs (Bene 2017). Facebook’s data policy and community standards have yet to acknowledge their responsibility to produce controlled discourse on climate policy to amplify peer-reviewed sources rather than to disrupt misinformation. Facebook is not decreasing in popularity with an estimated 169.5 million users in the United States in 2018, a 0.9% increase from the previous year (eMarketer 2019). Studies on audience segmentation in the context of climate change have shown that much of the Facebook population contributes to climate skeptics. The study states that “US-American participants who doubt the existence of global warming tend to rely on their interpersonal communication networks as their trusted source of information on the issue, while alarmed citizens heavily use all types of mass media” (Leiserowitz et al.,2009). In order for Facebook to disrupt the congregation of hyper-partisan communities, they must encourage the open dialogue of legitimate professionals with American users of all partisan orientations in forum or another separate news venue offered by the social networking site. The Annual Review of Political Science identifies the determining factors of individual opinion on
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