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The Pulse: Who’s to blame for the social media echo chamber?

The next time you log into Facebook, refresh your Twitter feed or search Google News, have a closer look at what appears: chances are you will see content from the same few people or the same publisher day in, day out. That’s because online algorithms are determining what we see, and that’s trapping us in an echo chamber of like-minded opinion and news.
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The Pulse: Companies speak out politically and succeed in a politicized world

In 1962 the American economist Milton Friedman famously wrote, “There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” Many large companies followed his lead. If they were ever asked to stake a political stand, there was only one answer: “Our sole priority is serving our customers.”
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