Engines of Polarization

A small change to an algorithm is at the heart of fake news, tribalism and extreme behavior on social media.

October 2009 Facebook made a fateful change to its algorithm which has had profound and polarizing effects on society. It’s a lesson in unintended consequences — for, on the surface, this tweak to the platform was made to improve user experience. However, it was really a strategic shift towards…

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Drew Minh

Author of NEON EMPIRE, a near-future thriller about influencers, coming out in September 2019 (CCB/Rare Bird Books) http://minhim.al/