We need tech giants to be transparent about algorithms

The Times

The tragic case of Molly Russell highlighted the negative effect of skewed and unbalanced information on our perception of reality. Rarely is a single piece of “legal but harmful” content responsible for motivating someone to act, be it to harm themselves or others, or be “radicalised” in their views. Rather, it is the cumulative effect of reinforcing posts and stories that create an echo chamber for increasingly extreme thoughts.

Protecting internet users is about the entirety of what is shown: what we don’t see is as important as what we do, with the absence of contradictory facts and opinions often more influential than repetition of ideas. But instead of taking the systemic risk-based approach promised in the original white paper, the Online Safety Bill is