Facebook Wants a Do-Over on News

Sidney Fussell
Facebook Wants a Do-Over on News

Explaining to The New York Times in 2017 how likes and shares drive users toward extremes, Evan Williams, the co-creator of Twitter, Medium, and Blogger, remarked that news-feed algorithms, trained to serve us the most attention-grabbing content, will do so ruthlessly. Registering this, the algorithms that run the internet then serve you more car crashes, knowing only that the carnage supports their primary goal: getting and maintaining attention. YouTube’s recommendation algorithms endanger children on the site.