While we of UD have but little interest as a blog in 2020 US election campaign tactics etc and endorse no candidate, the research by Dr. Robert Epstein on How Big Tech’s Algorithms Can Impact Opinions and Votes speaks far more broadly. We have cause to be concerned (and no, it’s not just Wikipedia’s notorious biases):
Let’s clip from the YT blurb, to help focus discussion:
Just what are some of the methods that tech giants like Google and Facebook can [–> and per the discussion, sometimes DO] use to shift their users’ attitudes, beliefs [–> think, worldviews and policy/cultural agendas], and even votes? How do search engine rankings impact undecided voters? [–> strongly] How powerful of an impact can search engine algorithms have on our perceptions and actions, without us even knowing? [–> because, they are perceived to be objective] And why aren’t more people researching these things? This is American Thought Leaders, and I’m Jan Jekielek. Today we sit down with Dr. Robert Epstein, the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today. He is currently a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and a leading expert on search engine bias. We explore his meticulous research into tech giant bias, and the startling discoveries he has made . . .
This raises, again, the matter of straight vs spin as has been commonly raised here at UD:
Independent journalist Sharyl Atkisson raises further concerns (and embed refuses).
Let us ponder. END