The inclusion of social media data in the algorithms that search engines now use to help people find relevant information online could create a “new digital divide,” educator and consultant Angela Maiers believes. Angela Maiers is right, as I would explain the new digital divide by equating it closely with media literacy. The first answer on Google is not the right answer, in fact two people can be sitting next to each other and do a search with the exact same keywords and get entirely different answers. Search engines know who you are, what you are interested in seeing, and what your friends are reading. Focusing on relevant, credible sources is not as easy as it sounds.
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