Manipulative web of social media algorithms

Beneath the glossy exterior of social media lies a sinister force that threatens the very fabric of our society
The image shows a spider web.— Pexels
The image shows a spider web.— Pexels

The power and reach of social media platforms never fail to amaze me. They have revolutionised the way we connect, share information, and engage with the world. 

Yet, beneath the glossy exterior lies a sinister force that threatens the very fabric of our society  — the dark side of social media algorithms.

These algorithms, touted as the magic formula that curates personalised content for us, have a sinister agenda of their own. They feed off our emotions, exploit our vulnerabilities, and manipulate us into becoming pawns in a grand game of user engagement. The more time we spend scrolling, the more ads we see, and the more data these platforms collect, thus boosting their profits. It's a clever trap, and we are all ensnared in it.

One of the most alarming aspects of these algorithms is their penchant for misinformation and sensationalism. They thrive on content that sparks intense emotional reactions, be it anger, fear, or excitement. As a result, the platform becomes flooded with clickbait, conspiracy theories, and falsehoods. Truth takes a backseat while sensationalism takes centre stage, leaving us trapped in a web of deceit.

Moreover, these algorithms create echo chambers that limit our exposure to diverse perspectives. We are served content that aligns with our existing beliefs, reinforcing our biases and deepening our divisions. Opposing viewpoints are drowned out and constructive dialogue becomes a distant memory.

As a tech journalist, I implore you to recognise the dark truth behind social media algorithms. We must take charge of our digital lives, demand transparency, and support media literacy initiatives. Only then can we hope to build a more informed, connected, and resilient society. The time to act is now.