Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching - The New York Times

Also see Senator Demands Answers From Facebook on Claims of ‘Trending’ List Bias (NYT)

"The question isn’t whether Facebook has outsize power to shape the world — of course it does, and of course you should worry about that power. If it wanted to, Facebook could try to sway elections, favor certain policies, or just make you feel a certain way about the world, as it once proved it could do in an experiment devised to measure how emotions spread online.

There is no evidence Facebook is doing anything so alarming now. The danger is nevertheless real. The biggest worry is that Facebook doesn’t seem to recognize its own power, and doesn’t think of itself as a news organization with a well-developed sense of institutional ethics and responsibility, or even a potential for bias. Neither does its audience, which might believe that Facebook is immune to bias because it is run by computers."
Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching - The New York Times
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