Facebook’s Algorithm Is Promoting Antisocial Behavior

Matty-Sways

Internal reviews at Facebook have shown that its algorithms may promote divisive behavior.

Despite Facebook’s claim that its mission is to foster communities and promote the social good, a new report found that its algorithms encourage antisocial behavior for the company’s profit, Business Insider reported.

In a new report published by The Wall Street Journal, it was found that a 2016 Facebook internal report showed “64 percent of all extremist group joins are due to our recommendation tools.”

In a 2018 internal report, Facebook’s algorithms are found to “exploit the human brain’s attraction to divisiveness.”

The algorithms would amplify users who spent 20 hours on the platform and posted inflammatory content.

In the internal review, the company found that most of the extreme and antisocial content on their platforms came from a small group of users, among which were more right-wing accounts than left-wing accounts.

Facebook’s algorithms promote antisocial contents that are harmful for the internet community, and its inaction is already a biased political involvement. Contrary to its mission statement of connecting people together, Facebook is playing politics to protect its profits.

See the full report here.

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