Our information systems aren’t broken — they’re working as intended

This is well worth reading from Whitney Phillips, a professor of communications, culture and digital technologies at Syracuse University. She is also the author of a great report from Data & Society called “The Oxygen of Amplification,” about how not to report on extremists and trolls.

Too much false and misleading information, too much harassment, too many memes, spreading too quickly with too little oversight or editorial restraint: This outcome isn’t incidental to how contemporary information systems function. It is a function of how these systems function.

Source: Our information systems aren’t broken — they’re working as intended » Nieman Journalism Lab

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