I listen to the Wall Street Journal's podcast, "The Journal", and they did a series on Facebook's internal research a few weeks ago. One of the episodes is about how they changed the algorithm to increase ~engagement~. And how this also increased misinformation, trolling, and flamewars.
Because nothing is more ~engaging~ than flamewars.
I don't think the big social media giants have the upper-management will to solve the issue. They make money off a userbase of angry, doomscrolling addicts. Why change a profitable formula?
But individuals at these companies are motivated to try, for one reason or another, and it's interesting to hear what they come up with anyway. Even if it doesn't get deployed, only leaked to the press.
@Jack whoof, that sounds horrid. D: I don't see much of that on either fediverse or twitter. But I don't look at the federated or local feeds on fediverse, or the trending topics on Twitter. I just look at the stuff from people I follow. :|
@anthracite I'm surprised that I've never had an issue with boosts on fediverse! I think it does help that fediverse has no "let's promote ~engagement~" algorithm to shove "popular" stuff in front of folks.
But I suspect it also helps that fediverse is just much smaller. I don't know that it'd scale up if it had hundreds of millions of regular users. Maybe?
@Rowyn Not entirely true. One common enemy is more engaging than a flame war. Like we all hate Facebook 😉
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