Growing up with the "boom" of the internet really was an interesting thing. When I was a kid, the closest thing we had to social media was AOL, MSN, or any random niche chat forum you could locate on the web. Now social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube (debatably), and Instagram are so important to our everyday lives.
But are those sites biased against differing ideologies?
On one hand, it isn't too hard to see that there is some kind of bias. Spend any amount of time on Twitter and it is painfully obvious. It feels like not even a few weeks can go by without some drama about a heavy right-wing supporter being booted off the platform. Pair a bias with some loosely defined guideline terms and you've given a team of people the ability to throw away anyone who's opinion they don't like.
On the other hand, these platforms have every right to decide who they want using their platform. They have very clearly laid out rules and guidelines every person must follow on the platform. A bigger question to ask is, is it a bias, or is it simply appealing to the majority of users? Many people find like-minded people on the web and will protect their friends till the end, and if all of those people are on Twitter, is Twitter then not incentivized to keep those people happy, bias or no bias?
So what do you think? Have any real world examples of social media being biased? I'd love to hear from you.