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“There were only echo chambers”: inside the hidden world of Facebook debating

A growing collection of spaces designed specifically for internet strangers to debate each other, they are some of Facebook's busiest and most engaged groups

By Eve Livingston  

“Does the prospect of a no-deal Brexit make a second Scottish independence referendum more likely?”

“Is the USA a force for good in the world?”

“What’s the best cover version of all time?”

Not questions posed to TV pundits or talking heads, or even conversations overheard round a pub table, the above in fact come from some of Facebook’s most engaged and busy groups—a growing collection of spaces designed specifically for internet strangers to debate each other.

Type in ‘debate’ in Facebook’s search bar and you’ll find a whole…

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