A professor at ASU brought this Washington Post article to my attention, How Facebook and Twitter control what you see about Ferguson. To summarize, social media users have noticed that whereas their Twitter feeds are full to bursting with updates from St. Louis, Facebook news feeds remain stagnantly focused on the (pardon me, now cliché) ALS ice bucket challenge.
As Sullivan states,
Your Twitter feed isn’t controlled by an algorithm. You see the tweets of people you follow in real time.
In short, this is very true. Your news feed is arranged by a Facebook-specific algorithm called EdgeRank, which rests on three key factors: