The Gist

The Heavily Guarded Facebook Algorithm

The messy business of trying to anticipate what you’ll find interesting online.

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On The Gist, Slate’s Will Oremus explains who’s really controlling your Facebook feed. He recently wrote a cover story based on a visit to Menlo Park, California, where even his trips to the bathroom were supervised. For the Spiel, Mike gives Donald Trump advice.

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