Manipulating social media, part 1

On the Internet, who can you trust? There’s an old joke that on the Internet, nobody knows that you’re a dog. That may be true, but it does raise the question of who can you trust online? Or, more prosaically, what kind of manipulation are you subjected to online? In the dawn of the Internet (roughly 12 years ago), the rise of review sites like Amazon or Ebay was supposed to essentially solve the problem of who or what to trust online. The idea was that there was wisdom in the crowd: the more people rated an object or...

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