Algorithmic Radicalization and Digital Recruitment


What do members of ISIS and the Proud Boys have in common? They spend an average of 144 minutes a day on Facebook. Despite vast differences in motivation and ideology, international and domestic terrorist groups alike utilize social media for organization and recruitment. (8.,9.) Facebook is the most used platform, utilized by an astounding 64.53% of U.S. extremists. (3.) While this is by no means a new phenomenon, the rate at which the radicalization is occurring on Facebook is accelerating globally. (3.) The key factor in this violent outgrowth? Facebook's increased investment in Groups. Facebook groups, launched in 2010, are [...]

Algorithmic Radicalization and Digital Recruitment2021-06-07T11:24:16-05:00

Google, Facebook, and the Platform Economy: Quo Vadis, Capitalism?


In a world of constant global interconnectedness, internet platforms such as Google and Facebook have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Going to work with an Uber, shopping by Amazon, connecting with friends via Facebook the physical and the virtual world are merging while platforms define the conditions. Originally based on libertarian principles, idealist visionaries like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg have become businessmen as technology merged with capitalist principles. Embedded in a neoliberal economic order, platforms have become the key actors in the modern economy. While large oil companies shaped the industrial age, the ranking of the [...]

Google, Facebook, and the Platform Economy: Quo Vadis, Capitalism?2021-06-07T11:37:04-05:00
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