Our country is now more polarized than ever. Social media exacerbates this divide by creating echo chambers, an online ecosystem in which where people are only exposed to news articles that are already in line with their existing political views. Our product works to combat this issue by giving users a way to become more aware of their biases, while also supplementing their news intake with articles from sources that may be outside of their echo chambers.
What it does
Our product is a Google Chrome extension that addresses the issue of echo chambers in two concrete ways. 1) color codes social media feeds according to the article's political leaning while also providing warning for articles that are clearly untrue or misleading, 2) running analytics on user's news consumption and providing them with article suggestions from news sources they do not normally encounter.
What's next for Echno
The next steps for Echno are to extend the application to other social media platforms beyond Twitter.