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WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly

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MEDIA IN THE AGE OF ALGORITHMS

AFTER THE 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, THERE WAS A lot of finger-pointing, and many of those fingers pointed at Facebook, arguing that its newsfeed algorithms played a major role in spreading misinformation and magnifying polarization.

False stories claiming that Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump, that Mike Pence had said that Michelle Obama was “the most vulgar First Lady we’ve ever had,” and that Hillary Clinton was about to be indicted were shared more than a million times. All were cooked up by Macedonian teens out to make a buck. The story about the “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide”—also totally fake but shared half a million times—was the work of ...

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