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Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

A simple research study demonstrated how FB’s algorithm readily amplify extremist political viewpoints on the left and right. The root cause is that FB optimizes for time spent engaged with FB – and does not optimize for what you may wish to see. The result is FB optimizes to keep you perpetually outraged.

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

Oldest trick in the regulatory book: Once the government starts discussing regulation of social media, Facebook steps up with its own proposals (of course), which, as is typical of much regulation, work to preserve entrenched incumbents while harming competitors and largely stopping new competitors from forming.

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…

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