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Stephen Downes

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I don't use either Facebook or Twitter (now called X). You shouldn't either. I departed both sites for the same reason: people who followed me were not seeing my content; instead the algorithm pushed advertising materials, conspiracy theories, fake news, and other nonsense. I don't really have any sympathy for news media, because their commercial focus has resulted in paywalls, intrusive advertising, and a pro-business bias. They could address the social media issue head on by setting up an alternative with no paywalls or algorithms (ie., not Post). Something like open RSS feeds. But we know thy won't.

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