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Social media algorithms explained

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Algorithms impact our lives regardless of our math proficiency. Put simply, they're instructions governing how software behaves on our computers. Social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram employ algorithms to curate what posts you see and when. This curation shapes your experience, aiming to keep you engaged, although experts caution that this may not always be a good thing.

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