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Citizen Browser - Political Group Recommendations

This repository contains code to reproduce the findings featured in our story, "Facebook Said It Would Stop Pushing Users to Join Partisan Political Groups. It Didn’t." from our series, Citizen Browser.

Our methodology is described in "How We Built a Facebook Inspector".

data/

The data/ directory contains several spreadsheets.

top_100_groups.csv contains the top 100 groups recommended to our 1,917 panelists in December 2020.
top_groups_political.csv contains the subset of 11 political groups from the top 100 recommended groups.

We also have the same spreadsheets for Biden (N=1,214), Trump (N=508) and non-voters (N=155).
top_100_groups_{X}_voters.csv contains the top 100 groups recommended to X-voters in December 2020.
top_groups_political_{X}_voters.csv contains the subset of political groups from the top 100 recommended groups for X-voters.

Each of these spreadsheets in formatted similarly, containing some subset of the following columns.

column description
rank The index of each csv file is the rank of how many panelists were recommended the Facebook Group
group_name The name of the Facebook Group
n_user_recommend The number of panelists who were recommended this Facebook Group
n_user_timeline The number of panelists who were broadcast this group on their timeline in December 2020
posts_per_day The max number of daily posts by the Facebook Group
n_members The max number of members in the Facebook Group
n_user_recommend_by_friend The number of users (subset of n_user_recommend) who had a mutual friend in the Facebook Group
n_panelists The number of panelists in this bucket of users
%_user_recommend n_user_recommend / n_panelists
is_political Whether or not the Facebook Group was determined to be political based on the name, rules, and discussion.
political_lean The political orientation (L or R) of the Facebook Group based on the name, rules, and discussion.
group_slug The unique identifier for the group. https://facebook.com/groups/{group_slug}

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Data from our story "Facebook Said It Would Stop Pushing Users to Join Partisan Political Groups. It Didn’t." from The Markup's Citizen Browser project.

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