The world needs to become more algorithm literate

AI and algorithms have been a source of hope and concern for this website for a long time.

We are not suggesting that people should be expected to learn the math behind algorithms. Just that we as a society need to become more aware of how algorithms are used to manipulate human behavior. Such manipulation has important political ramifications.

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‘Orwellian’ European Commission partnering with Facebook, Twitter, to promote propaganda?, ‘Trusted reporters’ to flag content for ‘hate speech’

This is a steady slide. Certain speech is to be celebrated. Other speech is to be crushed. Dissent to be extinguished. The state is who is in control.

“You think your social media will save you? You think you’ll be able to express your backward ideas in freedom, like a free person? You don’t even know that you are under our heel. Get in line and do as your betters command. We control the government. We control the universities.

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Zuckerberg Denies Facebook Targets Conservative News, Vows To Meet With Those Concerned

This is a step in the right direction. Again, Facebook is a private company and it can do what it wants with its platform. However in the interest of good business it is wise to address this issue openly and honestly. Facebook is a great company and for it to remain so people of every political persuasion need to feel that it is open to them and that they aren’t being gamed.

For the record, though we are not a “conservative”

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Facebook rejects charge it buries conservative news

Facebook reacts to the story from earlier today.

(From The Washington Examiner)

“There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality,” the statement said. “These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another.”

A report on Monday by the technology blog Gizmodo said the people responsible for updating Facebook’s “trending”

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Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Facebook is a private company and it has a right to do whatever it wishes with its platform. We will also say that Facebook has been an excellent outlet for ACC generally. But the issues presented in the attached article from Gizmodo should be aired and they are of concern. Facebook is a widely trusted brand. Everyone uses it, “liberals,” conservatives, libertarians, everyone. Facebook should seek to maintain this trust. It’s one of the things which makes Facebook such a special and truly great company.

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