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New App Aims to Undo Political Filters by Balancing News Consumption

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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the media during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the media during a news conference. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


An app is trying to bring the left and the right a little by closer together by bursting their bubbles—their news filter bubble, that is.

“Read Across the Aisle” aims to broaden people’s political perspectives by suggesting news articles that differ from their own, Nieman Lab reports.

The app works by tracking news consumption from outlets across the partisan spectrum, ranging from extremely polarized to moderate, using data from a 2014 report by the Pew Research Center. Readers can get a sense of where their consumption habits lie with a dial on the bottom of the screen.

(Read Across the Aisle)
(Read Across the Aisle)


“Read Across the Aisle” makes article suggestions based on where those habits lie. The more someone reads left-leaning sites, such as The Huffington Post, the more they will be pointed to stories from conservative news outlets like Fox News.

The app joins editorial initiatives like The Guardian‘s “Burst Your Bubble” and the Wall Street Journal‘s “Red Feed, Blue Feed” that aim to break through echo chambers reinforced by reading habits and social media content algorithms, according to Nieman Lab.