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WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

The coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen with medical professionals warning Americans of a likely surge following the Thanksgiving holiday. Sunday marked the highest number of airline passengers traveling in the U.S. in a single day since before the pandemic. More than 90,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. And experts say it’s only likely to get worse as we settle in for the upcoming winter holidays.

WHAT WE’RE HEARING ON SOCIAL

Here are this week’s top five Facebook posts on the Left and Right:

5 best-performing Facebook posts by total interactions among 200 of the largest conservative and progressive pages for the week of November 24–30, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from progressive pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from conservative pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.

SAY IT WITH ME

A report from Charlie Warzel at the New York Times did a great job exploring the effects of Facebook on Baby Boomers.

  • Americans are being exposed to their Facebook friends’ unfiltered, worst inclinations daily on the platform.
  • These divisions aren’t limited to Facebook activity — we see them play out regularly in national politics, as well.

“It’s so extreme…I’ve watched people go from debating the issue to coming up with the craziest thing they can say to get attention.”

— Karen Pierce, featured in the NYT article

The bottom line: What began as a platform for connecting with far-away friends, old classmates, and family has morphed into an engagement-driven echo chamber. The sooner Facebook accepts this as fact, the sooner we will be able to honestly and effectively address its shortcomings. Read the story.

ON MY RADAR

  • Today, December 2, Moms Rising (@MomsRising) is holding a digital day of action to demand a COVID-relief package. Join them on Twitter using the hashtags #COVIDReliefNow and #ReliefCantWait to pressure the Senate to pass a package supporting American families and workers.

ASK ALEX

This week a reader writes, “What is Newsmax?”

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