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Monday, April 23, 2018

Volatile countries where Facebook is used to fan dissent

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Here lies the main problem of the internet, the algorithms that operates behind search engines and social media platforms that throw up links either according to your surfing habits, or according to what the majority are reading now (i.e. what's trending)....It does this to earn advertising revenue, as this requires bringing netizens eyeballs to a site where there is a higher chance they will be glued to for the longest, so that there's a greater likelihood they will notice and read the ads...:
The New York Times reporters have traced riots and lynchings linked to misinformation and hate speech on Facebook, which pushes whatever content keeps users on the site longest - a potentially damaging practice in countries with weak institutions and histories of social instability.

Note the colourful closing BANG at the end of the article using an imagery...Also it touches on a common argument about technology being just a tool and hence not to be blamed as the real culprit is the user, the one who upload the 'germs' onto Facebook....but as the imagery also makes clear, Facebook may not be the originator of the problem, but it is an accomplice by spreading the germs, helping to fan the flames to a large segment of the population...:
"We don't completely blame Facebook," said Harindra Dissanayake, a presidential adviser in Sri Lanka. "The germs are ours, but Facebook is the wind, you know?"

Qns:
1. Man, not science, is to blame for all problems. Do you agree?
2. Does science and technology always improve the quality of people’s lives?