As we read news on our devices, incomprehensibly advanced algorithms lurk beneath the surface of our feeds, optimizing what we see for likes, screentime, and ads.
Unconsciously, our intellectual curiosity and forbearance are being strangled by confirmation bias (reinforcing our preexisting beliefs), and recency bias pulling us into a never-ending news cycle dominated by that next “big” headline.
Deepen your understanding of politics, social trends, business, and more by surrounding yourself with an ideologically balanced curation of the best journalism and information the web has to offer.
Curated news stories feature multiple sources so you can understand the bigger picture. Unlike existing feeds, Helium does not have manipulative ads and we don’t track you across the web.
Unlike traditional feeds that thrive on the latest happening, Helium’s feed updates every four hours so you can have more room for thinking and fewer distractions. The news feed with a (customizable) end in sight. Move from events to ideas.
Unlike existing newspapers who’s website are littered with hundreds of headlines, Helium keeps things simple with one story at a time so you can read fluidly. Less confusion, more focus.
Constantly distracted by the never-ending flow of provocative headlines, we’re deprived of the time needed for thoughtful contemplation and analysis. To accurately understand our world, we need less volume and more depth. More perspectives and less sensationalism. Create Account.
Helium’s algorithm aggregates news stories and juxtaposes different sources together so you can enlighten your understanding and challenge your pre-existing ideas. By easily seeing what different authors think, your brain will create a more realistic and grounded model of reality.
Need to tune out (balanced) politics? You can mute stories by category to reduce distractions and focus on learning.
Click here to see the sources that Helium uses (as well as some interesting new bias analysis)
Helium intentionally features thoughtful sources from across the political aisle. Now, you can read the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and The Financial Times all in one feed. More depth, less clickbait.
By random sampling from our collection of high-quality (and customizable) sources, Helium reduces potential algorithmic and human bias from your feed. Random sampling also allows Helium to reduce popularity bias— likes on social media is a poor proxy for journalistic quality and nuanced analysis. Additionally, Helium filters out news with highly emotional content and prescriptive language.
While Helium and AllSides share a similar vision, Helium offers two distinct advantages:
AllSides suffers from “Bothsidesism” by providing a false sense of equivalency between certain perspectives when the evidence does not justify it. Helium overcomes this by randomly juxtaposing articles from diverse, respected news sources without any human input. Helium compels you to think for yourself instead of displaying news items in terms of “left” or “right.” Reducing political and social discussion to a linear one-dimensional axis like left vs. right removes the complexity and nuance necessary to obtain a deep understanding of the world.
By grouping news sources into categories (e.g left, right, and center) any intellectual heterogeneity within publications is ignored. It’s not uncommon for WSJ to publish left-leaning commentary or for the New York Times to publish a conservative opinion article. Labeling an entire news organization as “conservative” or “liberal” is a dangerous (and often wrong) oversimplification. There’s no such thing as the “left” and the "right."By grouping news sources into categories (e.g left, right, and center) any intellectual heterogeneity within publications is ignored. It’s not uncommon for WSJ to publish left-leaning commentary or for the New York Times to publish a conservative opinion article. Labeling an entire news organization as “conservative” or “liberal” is a dangerous (and often wrong) oversimplification. There’s no such thing as the “left” and the “right.”
Ad Fontes Media tries to take an empirical approach, however still relies on reductive and survey-based opinions that reinforce existing ideological perspectives. Helium uses specific phrases and emotional texture to measure potential bias instead of an opaquely defined 2-dimensional chart.