It was the announcement everyone wanted to hear from Mark Zuckerberg, but instead it came from Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey: There will be no more political advertising. Don’t expect a similar announcement from Facebook, says David Lazer, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern.
Buried within the five hours of testimony was an important question: Does Facebook’s system for delivering advertisements reinforce discrimination on the basis of gender and race? The answer, it appears, is yes. Northeastern associate professor Alan Mislove studied Facebook’s ad-delivery algorithm and found some troubling results.
Last week the popular social media platform reported that each of us is connected to everyone else not by six but just three and a half other people. Northeastern network theorist Albert-László Barabási offers a more comprehensive view: the number itself is a "toss up," depending on the density of the network.