joined:Apr 1, 2016
@mcneely I agree with most of what you are saying.
Trouble with social these days is that it's a magnet for every crack-pot on the planet
The people using social media are everyday normal people. With normally distributed views of the world. On "average" the typical SM user likely has centrist view. People agree more than they disagree. The problem is that social media doesn't make money on the "average", nobody cares to see a photo of the piece of toast with peanut butter you ate again this morning. What drives engagement is a photo your brioche with poached eggs and caviar, or that your child nearly died because he sat next to another kid on the bus that ate toast with peanut butter. The result, the extreme view (left, right, rich, poor, righteous, devious, whatever... the extreme) bubbles up in your feed and that is all that one sees. Wait!.... people have been seeing the extreme for while, what was extreme last year is now normal. You want your post to be seen, now it must be more extreme than last year's extreme. Telling me why you are showing me another "extreme" post is not going to address the snowballing elephant in the room.
FB and others cannot back away from this nightmare, because user will become bored and then they will seriously begin to questions the privacy implications of the service and then leave, never to return.
I honestly don't think there can ever be a "non-biased" social solution on the internet
This has nothing to do with bias, there is "no" bias. The FB or others couldn't care less if your left, right, up or down. I wrote "no", because there actually is a bias. You set the bias, even if only a little bit, SM simply amplifies it to the extreme.
I would also like to point out that the "extreme" filter is not new. The news has been doing this for decades if not centuries, but at a smaller scale in far less effective manner. Every week the TV news cast reports about a another bank robbery that occurred somewhere in the state. Now we are under the impressions that crime is rampant. But one per week over tens or hundreds of millions or people is almost nothing. What the news cast failed to show was the reports of hundreds or thousands of banks that weren't robbed.
The problem with SM is that it has become so much more effective at filtering the extreme that it is now a serious societal problem.
I firmly believe that the devs of Facebook, in the very beginning, meant well
I fully agree here, I don't think that FB realized what it had created, the "extreme" filter was not designed, but it is side effect their recommender system. The problem is that it is the only real value driver of the company.