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Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

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“We wanted democracy... but got mobocracy.”... Bots generated one out of every five political messages posted on Twitter in America’s presidential campaign last year... “we need to reform our attention economy.”...
groups which had mostly been excluded from the mainstream media... developed the dark arts they would use to further their agendas... need mechanisms which can amplify messages developed online, provide the illusion of objectivity, and validate people’s beliefs... a specific subset of America’s media now performs this role for the country’s right wing. Centred on Breitbart...Such ecosystems are a symptom of political polarisation. They also drive it further.
The algorithms... ensure users are more likely to see information that they are liable to interact with... and can turn moderate views into more extreme ones.... But there is a raft of problems with justifying greater regulation...

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The above notes were curated from the full post www.economist.com/news/briefing/21730870-economy-based-attention-easily-gamed-once-considered-boon-democracy-social-media?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email.

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