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Conspiracy Theories And Algorithms Are Hurting Democracy

As more people fall deep into conspiratorial thinking. Is Silicon Valley doing enough to stop this threatening trend?

Orge Castellano
Feb 19, 2019 · 6 min read

“ People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” — George Orwell

More supporters than ever before

“People who believe that climate change is a hoax will be less motivated to reduce their carbon footprints; while people who believe that the pharmaceutical industry tries to harm instead of help the public through vaccines are less likely to get their child vaccinated.”

Algorithms are the ones to blame

Simply put: we’re are living in times of digital segregation

Facebook’s algorithms promote extreme messages over neutral ones, which can elevate disinformation over information, conspiracy theories over facts.” — Roger McNamee, Silicon Valley Investor

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