There are some technical phrases being thrown round at Tuesday’s listening to with the Fb whistle-blower Frances Haugen. Right here’s a primer on what the previous Fb product supervisor and the senators are discussing:
Engagement-based rating: Fb and different social media platforms use engagement-based rating to find out which content material they imagine is most related to customers’ pursuits. After making an allowance for a publish’s likes, shares and feedback, in addition to a consumer’s previous interactions with related content material, the algorithms powering somebody’s Twitter feed or Fb’s information feed will place posts in entrance of that particular person. That is in distinction to a chronological rating that merely relies on when content material was posted or despatched.
Significant social interactions (M.S.I.): In 2018, Fb overhauled its information feed algorithm to prioritize interactions, reminiscent of feedback and likes, between family and friends. The concept was to present extra weight to the posts and engagements of folks that Fb thought have been closest to customers. In her testimony, Ms. Haugen argued that the change towards M.S.I. made Fb an angrier social platform, and created an setting that inspired polarization, misinformation, and surprising content material.
Instagram for Youngsters: That is a casual identify for a deliberate photo-sharing app for kids beneath the age of 13. Final month, Instagram introduced it was pausing the development of this product after uproar from an article in The Wall Street Journal exhibiting that the corporate knew its merchandise may hurt teenagers’ psychological well being.