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How theory of ''Dead internet'' can impact public opinion !
Recently I found a video about the theory of dead internet and I would like to share my opinion about it.
Especially in the time of so much disinformation and fake news, we should be aware about this theory. So, this post will be created only for informative purpose. And you can share your opinion in the comments. As well, you can watch the following video to understand what I mean :
Based on how I understand the theory, it's about the existence of bots in the web. Like the most activity we see on social media is a kind of activity from bots that work thanks to the artificial intelligence. But I would say that I don't think that most of the activities are by those bots. But still some content could be of course generated by bots because I know about so many websites working with neural network that do really extraordinary tasks. And I'll mention some of them below :
Shazam : an application that can recognize any music played.
And there are many other websites and applications that can do so many extraordinary things.
So, to create an algorithm that make an account generate content depending on the data given to it, is really more than possible. And that could be done of course or to increase the marketing of any product, or to push for a political idea. Why not. For example the program will look for the keywords to generate a particular message, or to make a reaction, and that will work depending on how it's set. Even facebook admitted that they have many fake accounts. So, other social media like youtube, instagram and even twitter could have the same algorithm to impact the public opinion. And we all know how they like to make money from the information they have, so why they will not use bots as well to make sure that the product will be well promoted, or an opinion will be pushed for.
That's why I think there is no reason to argue against those bots in a centralized social media. Because all the code is hidden there and even if someone wants to expose that, he/she will not be able to do that. This is another reason to used true decentralized social media where the code is an open source and where any developer can expose the issue in case something is clearly manipulated.
I would say that the internet is more than alive, and those bots even there will be exposed by the time. That's why when you see a popular content, it doesn't mean that's really popular, but maybe just chosen by the platform team to make it popular.