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The Evolution of Ev: The creator of Twitter, Blogger, and Medium has a plan to fix the mess he made of the internet

27 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Ev Williams invented Blogger in 1999, Twitter in 2006, and Medium in 2012. In many ways he created the digital content ocean we're swimming in today.
But Williams believes social media has become toxic. "I've pretty much weaned myself off of being addicted to social media," he tells Business Insider in an exclusive interview.
"If you create a system that rewards attention, the easiest way to get attention is to be a bad actor. That underlies our media ecosystem, that underlies our political system, and it's degrading society in so many ways," he says.
Now, Williams has a solution. He has...
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2. Algorithms in action: The content people see on social media

2. Algorithms in action: The content people see on social media

27 days ago   |   By Pew Internet

The social media environment is another prominent example of algorithmic decision-making in Americans' daily lives. Nearly all the content people see on social media is chosen not by human editors but rather by computer programs using massive quantities of data about each user to deliver content that he or she might find relevant or engaging. This has led to widespread concerns that these sites are promoting content that is attention-grabbing but ultimately harmful to users - such as misinformation, sensationalism or “hate clicks.”
To more broadly understand public attitudes toward...
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