Exponentially-growing platforms are easily exploited.

As content grows exponentially, platform companies rely increasingly on automation:

  • YouTube automates billions of videos to play next for 1.5 billion users.
  • Facebook automates millions of ads shown to 2 billion users.
  • Twitter automates showing millions of #trending topics to hundreds of millions of users.

Unfortunately, these automatic algorithms are easily gamed to manipulate society at a massive scale, because platforms lack the capacity to reliably check for conspiracies, lies, and fake users.

 The exponential growth of YouTube's content, based on publicly available data.

The exponential growth of YouTube's content, based on publicly available data.