What Works (Week 3)

Five subtle ways Facebook could influence the US presidential election this fall

I think that this article delivers on its headline very well. Not only does the writer point out the different ways Facebook could influence users, he also provides statistics, potential outcomes and other instances where these issues were brought up and addressed. I like that he expanded on a previous story about how the site’s employees showed bias and went further to show that the entire design could work against one political party. I also think it is good that the writer supplies links to other articles that relate to the story and back up his claims, it makes what he is saying seem more reliable because it’s not his views alone. I don’t think it was necessary for the writer to mention that he favors Clinton as president

I don’t think it was necessary or helpful for the writer to mention that he favors Clinton as president. If the purpose of this article is to highlight ways Facebook could sway users to one candidate or the other, it does make me question his motives for even writing it if he so blatantly states his preferences after what is supposed to be an informative piece.

I think that a video demonstrating each of the examples he discusses could be valuable to the story as well as a poll from Facebook users on how they feel about presidential candidates.

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