TRENDING NOW - Biased Facebook Feed?

By CNN

Published 08/01 2014 12:11PM

Updated 08/01 2014 12:14PM

Many of us now see the world through an internet filter and that can be a dangerous thing 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 mostly 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 your 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 what can you to to break through that internet filter and get a more complete picture of what is going on?

You have to put in the work and do a little research. It is possible to get information from both sides of a conflict if you go out of your way to search for opposing viewpoints. But as you search, make sure you are seeking out news stories from credible journalists rather than simply reading random blog postings or information from unknown sources.

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