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Facebook’s overarching goal is to make the world more open and connected. While they’re doing their best about the connection part, a recent Pew Research study asks if the site is making people be any more open.
The study, Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence,’ examines social self-censorship and how open people are to talking about controversial or polarizing topics on social media sites. For instance, 86 percent of U.S. people polled said that they willing to have an in-person conversation about the NSA, but only 42 percent of Facebook and Twitter users were open to posting about it.