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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sorry, don't need a curator

Republicans in the US Senate, desperate to appear busy and turn attention away from Trump playing Godzilla to the GOP's Tokyo, plan hearings to rag on Facebook for allegedly suppressing conservative news.

I suspect I am not alone in agreeing with the economist Tyler Cowen:
Maybe such algorithms mean that social ideas are too slow to change, because user demand depends in part on what Facebook pushes.  Right now I’m more worried about American ideas getting worse than American ideas getting better, so a status quo, don’t offend anybody bias I can live with.  And frankly, a lot of right-wing news sources just aren’t very good — I suppress them myself, without any aid from Facebook.

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