Algorithms, Lies, and Social Media: “Our attention online is more effectively captured by news that is either predominantly negative or awe inspiring”

From a story on niemanlab.org by Stephan Lewandowsky and Anastasia Kozyreva headlined “Algorithms, lies, and social media”:

There was a time when the internet was seen as an unequivocal force for social good. It propelled progressive social movements from Black Lives Matter to the Arab Spring; it set information free and flew the flag of democracy worldwide. But today, democracy is in retreat and the internet’s role as driver is palpably clear. evoking the sense of a dark force that must be countered by authoritarian, top-down controls.