Algorithms integrated into social networks and search engines glean highly specific information about a user's preferences. And suddenly, incompatible views disappear from that user’s timeline. That’s a filter bubble.
Honesty is a valuable commodity, but lies are in the ascendant right now, particularly on social media. This is highly dangerous, says Christina Bergmann — and we should all do whatever we can to counter it.
The inventor of the World Wide Web says governments should do more to make the internet a safer and more empowering place. But he, of all people, should know that this is a quixotic effort, DW's Konstantin Klein writes.
The president of the Bundestag and self-proclaimed "digital immigrant," Wolfgang Schäuble, said social media keeps people in their own filter bubbles, making it harder to reach informed decisions.
Papua New Guinea's communications minister has said the government will ban Facebook for a month to weigh its impact on the population. The government is also evaluating the creation of a new state-run social network.
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