Are the rewards systems built into social media rewarding the wrong kind of behaviour? Founder of Twitter and Medium, Evan Williams spoke up
yesterday, saying that it is “reinforcing dangerous beliefs and isolating people and limiting people’s open-mindedness and respect for truth,” to reward click-bait, fake news, and the attention-seeking activities that run rampant in our newsfeeds. Information and interactions that lack substance create a feedback loop of misinformation based on whoever gets the most amount of likes, comments, shares etc wins. The celebrity of influence
, and money being on the line for these clicks, has made attention our most valuable commodity, and for all the wrong reasons. So if you can’t find real and truthful interactions online, where can you find it?