📰 Media in the Age of Algorithms

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Did Facebook's newsfeed algorithms provide a backdrop against which a Trump candidacy could succeed? I think it's obvious that the product where almost half of the US population goes to get its news certainly has an impact on voting. In this post, Tim O'Reilly discusses the ethics of algorithm design for the news feed. Two great quotes: 

  • "The essence of algorithm design is not to eliminate all error, but to make results robust in the face of error."
  • "The key question to ask is not whether Facebook should be curating the news feed, but HOW."

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