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The website’s features include graphs tracking public sentiment of the leading candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties, a feed of the most talked about news, and a more detailed breakdown of each candidate, including the publics’ perception of various attributes (whether the candidate is friendly, forceful, pacifist, intellectually brilliant, etc.), and a breakdown of who it is that’s doing the talking about candidates—Republicans, Democrats, or Independents.

In front of every news article on the site is a bias meter, showing whether the article leans toward a Republican bias, a Democratic bias, or remains neutral. This algorithm is based on the estimated political leanings of people re-tweeting the article. Other websites claim to sort articles based on bias, but they rely on humans to manually report the bias, Shafiq says, so a truly accurate bias rating requires an extremely large number of people reporting.

Shafiq hopes his website will help educate people so that when they go out to vote they have enough information to make an informed choice.

“We want to bring diverse news so you don’t get stuck in your own echo chamber,” Shafiq said.

- M. Zubair Shafiq zubair.iowa@gmail.com

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