Can We Redesign the Internet to Be Friendly to the Truth?

Hahaha no. “…the problem is that the architecture of these systems were designed to monetize capturing eyeballs, not to monetize finding truth. And those are two very different propositions, because if you want to capture eyeballs, then of course you want to be outrageous to attract attention, or you want to slur people to create outrage, or you want to spread fake stuff that’s really attractive and fun and very cheap to produce. So the incentives were wrong. And it’s no surprise, therefore, that studies find falsehood spreads faster than truth online. The internet turns out to be—digital architecture—actively hostile to truth. Puts it in an actual disadvantage.”

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