Re: Misinfo & Social Media Bubbles


"dark patterns" is an inappropriate term, please use something else other
than associating colors.



On Wed, 29 Sept 2021 at 00:31, Annette Greiner <> wrote:

> Frictionless sharing is, in a way, a dark pattern for the UI design of the
> social web. One thing I’ve been thinking about is making a checklist of UI
> dark patterns that social media companies could attest to avoiding. If we
> made it testable, one could trigger a conformance test at the point where
> conformance is asserted.
> -Annette
> On Sep 28, 2021, at 2:24 PM, Farnaz Jahanbakhsh <> wrote:
> As a form of friction, platforms could also explicitly nudge people to
> pause and think about accuracy before they are about to share content. We
> did a study where we showed some news stories to people one at a time and
> asked them whether they would share each. We required some people to simply
> indicate whether the content is accurate or inaccurate before asking them
> whether they would share it. These people ended up sharing less false
> content than before (there was also a reduction in sharing of true content
> although to a lesser degree). For some people, we added to the friction by
> not only asking them about accuracy but also requiring them to explain why
> they believed the content is or is not accurate. For these people, sharing
> of false content was even further reduced:
> Farnaz Jahanbakhsh
> On Sep 27, 2021, at 5:17 PM, Annette Greiner <> wrote:
> The idea of adding friction is a good one. It came up in the UX of
> credibility subgroup of CredCo, where it was observed that designing the
> interface to make it extremely easy to share content makes users more
> likely to share misinformation. There have been several publications in the
> UX literature about that (e.g.,
> -Annette
> On Sep 27, 2021, at 10:27 AM, Owen Ambur <> wrote:
> This article <>
> by Filippo Menczer of The Fulcrum was reprinted in our local newspaper,
> under the title "How we fall for misinformation through social media
> bubbles."  It references "complex contagion," which figures prominently in
> Damon Centola's book entitled *Change: How to Make Big Things Happen*.
> Menczer suggests one approach to address the problem is to "add friction
> ... to slow down the process of spreading information."
> That calls to mind not only Daniel Kahneman's distinction between fast
> and slow thinking <,_Fast_and_Slow>
> but also Donald Norman's assertion <> that the
> greatest peril is that of “experiencing when one should be reflecting ...
> where entertainment takes precedence over thought.”
> Among the strategies posed by Centola are:
>    - Don't rely on contagiousness
>    - Use the network periphery
>    - Design team networks to improve discovery and reduce bias
> It will be interesting to see what this group may decide to try to do
> together along those lines.
> In the meantime, The Fulcrum's about statement is now available in StratML
> format at  Their tag line is
> "Leveraging Our Differences".
> My 2.0 rewrite of the Serenity  Prayer is available on LinkedIn
> <>
> .
> Owen

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