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OPLIN 4Cast #666: Social media tries (again) to clean up its act

Posted in 4cast, and Social Networks

The rise of Instagram Influencers and other social media stars does not really surprise me. I grew up aware of people who were “famous for being famous,” who kept themselves in the public eye by appearing on magazine covers, gossip columns, talk shows, and variety specials. But the social media machines that drive their success are also the engines for bullying and abuse, and research shows that social media platforms are negatively affecting our well-being. This summer, Instagram launched tests to hide posts “Like” counts, and prompt commenters when their text is “mean-spirited.” This week, other platforms began testing these and other measures to improve the atmosphere.

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