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May 12, 2016

“Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories” points out how social networks (like Facebook, of course, first among others) try so hard to serve us what we’ll like that they fail to challenge our preconceptions and, in fact, lead participants even further into misguided mindsets… like, oh, being against fluoridated water.

One example from the article that hits very close to home:

“People in Portland, Oregon, voted in 2013 to stop the fluoridation of water—a common practice to improve dental health. Depending on which opposition group you asked, fluoridation was either a technique used by fascist regimes to pacify their citizens or a toxic chemical that causes cancer.”

I railed about that one myself, at the time. Not that it changed anything.

This is a good long-form read. Via Waxy

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