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.

One of the steps FB's internal researchers recommended to cut down on misinformation was to remove the re-share button. (They didn't, of course, because ~engagement~.)

But it reminded me of how I went through almost every person that I follow on Twitter and turned of RTs in an effort to make Twitter more usable for me.

Twitter is still hard to use for me.

Really glad I found some friends who are active in the fediverse. 💖

I do know that part of what makes fediverse less toxic is that fediverse is distributed and ad-free. There is no single, for-profit conglomerate with a financial incentive to manipulate the user base to improve their ~analytics~.

@Rowyn I dont know what your timeline is like over there but over here I wind up with weird cryptobros/antivaxx news and genuine garbage all too often. It's been a real chose axing some of those domains from stuff I see.

@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. :|

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