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‘It’s easy to trigger curiosity and anger’: Element AI co-founder calls out Big Tech for role in war

Philippe Beaudoin is calling out Big Tech, saying their algorithms are helping Russia’s war effort. The 46-year-old former Google software engineer, who co-founded Element AI in 2016, has long railed against the polarizing excesses of advertising-driven algorithms used by the Googles and Facebooks of the world. Waverly, Beaudoin’s new venture, is a newsreader app that curates suggestions based on user input. 

In an interview with The Logic, he took Big Tech’s so-called “recommender engines” to task for aiding the spread of misinformation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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