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Facebook algorithms: impacts on the formation of opinion and groups in political processes

Grant number: 16/21282-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2017
Effective date (End): March 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal researcher:Joao Angelo Fantini
Grantee:Bruna Jandoso
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Due to the increase in conflicts created by different groups in social media, this study aims to understand the impact of Facebook's algorithms using the process of formation of groups and political views. The need to advance the knowledge regarding the operations of the information filtering on the most used social network in the world. It will also seek to understand the impact on political conflicts between individuals who share different opinions. Through this perspective, information technology concepts such as algorithm and psychoanalytic term such as social bond are featured in a new way of understanding other concepts such as the working groups or what we call Public Opinion. (AU)

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