Posted by: maboulette | July 3, 2017

Algorithms Now Decide What News You Read and What You Don’t See


Al·go·rithms

Noun – Computational procedures that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem.

Algorithms now decide what news you read and what you don’t see.

ALL SOCIAL MEDIA USE FILTERING ALGORITHMS

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have billions of active users for their social media platforms, which automatically run filtering algorithms to determine what information is displayed to those users on their feeds and internet searches.

PURGE FAKE NEWS

But now these tech giants are teaming up with the corporate media to create new algorithms to purge the Internet of what is deemed “fake news,” i.e. what they judge to be “misinformation.”

PREFER REAL TO FAKE

We prefer real news to the “fake” kind. But we think the solution is better media literacy, or as Ernest Hemingway said, “Develop a built-in bullshit detector.”

Far more dangerous than “fake news” is all the real news that you won’t ever see.

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