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Pasquetto: Focus on profits behind disinformation spread on social media

Irene pasquetto was quoted by Columbia Journalism Review

Monday, 03/15/2021

University of Michigan School of Information assistant professor Irene Pasquetto was interviewed by Columbia Journalism Review in a piece about how social media algorithms accelerate the spread of disinformation.

Pasquetto, whose recent research work focuses on issues of scientific disinformation, says we got where we are because:

...we have been prioritizing platforms’ interest (i.e., profiting out of the attention-economy business model) rather than the public interest (i.e., curating and giving access to good quality, reliable information over the Internet).

Read the full article here.

Read more of CJR’s interview with Irene Pasquetto here.