Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) is buying Parler, a social network that some describe as an alt-tech alternative to Twitter (focusing on the conservative side of the political map), and others as a massive echo chamber of right-wing loyalists. But even among right-wing social media, it
Great read! Reminds me of this classic xkcd comic: https://xkcd.com/386/ :)
A while back, YouTube removed the ability to see the number of dislikes a video has received; I wonder if they’ve since seen a decrease in engagement since viewers can no longer see how controversial a video is?
Also, I am curious to hear your thoughts on the feasibility of calculating a “consensus score” with an asymmetrical reaction system. In other words, instead of giving users the ability to like/abstain/dislike, you only give them the ability to like/abstain (such as with Instagram), or maybe have a superlike/like/abstain (such as Twitch’s subscribe/follow/abstain system for livestreams). Maybe the tighter spread of values in these asymmetrical reaction systems is not wide enough to estimate consensus?
I would love to see this on reddit!
Perfect summary paragraph which reinforced this question I had throughout: I wonder if arenas prone to be echo chambers algorithmically introduce even more extreme content to reinvigorate engagement amongst the population they do have versus providing a more neutral debate forum to drive that engagement amongst a more heterogenous population.