Facebook Papers: How Their Algorithm Spread Anger and Misinformation

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The Facebook Papers are out and it is shedding more light on how executives there weighed various tradeoffs between their bottom line and impacts on public safety. In one instance, it took them years to implement a fix for the algorithm that was feeding people angry, emotional content filled with misinformation. If you used the angry emoji on a post instead of the like button, it carried more weight and then feed you more of the same, despite the signal that you did not like it. Jeremy Merrill, data reporter at The Washington Post, joins us for more.

Next, despite all the rain that dropped in West recently, it wasn’t enough to pull it out of a drought. Water continues to be scare, getting more expensive and it is leading places like California to invest in more water treatment facilities. Recycled wastewater get a bad rap because of where it’s coming from, but the filtration technology being used now is producing water so clean, it would actually harm you if minerals weren’t put back into it. Matt Simon, science journalist at Wired, joins us for why people should drink more recycled wastewater.

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