I believe, ultimately, that algorithms are the wrong way to go

I’m Sorry Mr. Zuckerberg, But You Are Wrong

Rick Webb

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It seems here there’s lack of understanding of what an algorithm *is** *at all in the first place.

Let’s see how Wikipedia defines the word Algorithm:

An algorithm is an effective method that can be expressed within a finite amount of space and time[1] and in a well-defined formal language[2]for calculating a function.

So, given the *function* we’re talking about is the one of sorting news and making them appear on people’s news feeds, the act of *editing* that you yourself mentioned in your writing is composed of a finite number of steps that can be described in a *well-defined* *language *(be it formal or not). **Editing**, therefore, **is** an algorithm.

You could argue that Facebook’s one is not a good one, or — as you wrote — that NBC’s one is better than Facebook’s, but in no way algorithms can be “*the wrong way to go*” as you put it, for then **editing itself** would be the wrong way to go.