Who’s Afraid of a Big Bad Algorithm?

by: Nikki Usher | CJR

“IF YOU USE FACEBOOK to get your news,” Caitlin Dewey wrote recently in The Washington Post, “please—for the love of democracy—read this first.”


Dewey’s central claim is that since most millennials now get their news from Facebook, and Facebook has an algorithm that dictates what we see based in part on our biases, millennials in particular will not get a full picture of the news. Even worse, these algorithms are controlled by giant corporations out to make money, and seem completely unaccountable to the public interest.

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