One of the main problems with social media today is their predictive algorithms that suggest content you're likely to be interested in. This is dangerous for two reasons. First, it helps develop and train their profile about you that they sell to advertisers. Second, it develops echo chambers.
When you only see things you agree with, you become stuck in a bubble where you think that everyone agrees with you and that this is the only/correct way of thinking. This contributes in a major way to the extreme polarization going on in the world right now, particularly in North America. This results in extreme hostility and intolerance when people face opposing opinions.
In truth, people and opinions are extremely diverse and there's many valid ways to look at something, especially complex issues. These different perspectives should not only be acknowledged but also celebrated, as they contribute to expanding one's perspective and a more constructive environment where all kinds of people work together to solve problems.
Fake news is one of the major issues plaguing social media today. It is an unfortunate consequence of everyone having a platform to voice their opinions. Often these opinions can be based on misinformation or fabricated false facts. AI has also become so sophisticated that it's capable of generating long articles that appear to be written by a human.
Our solution to this is two-fold. First, we will implement in-line bot-detection for linked news articles, blog posts and wiki pages. What this means is that we will automatically check whether that content is likely to have been written by a bot rather than a human, and show a percentage of that probability.
The second half of this solution is in-line fact checking. This will be used to determine whether the content is based on verifiable facts or not, and also show that information above the content.
One of the major privacy threats of the internet today is their ability and tendancy to track your online activity even when you're not using their website. You can even be logged out and their super cookies will continue to track you and save your interests and browsing habits to report back to the website in order to expand their analytical profile about you that they then sell to advertisers. This behavior is unfortunately extremely common and employed by giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and arguably also Cloudflare.
We decided to tackle this problem not only by not using supercookies, but also by not using analytics at all. This makes our website completely without value to advertisers, as we lack the sort of data they'd be interested in purchasing.
We also went a step further and decided to not implement services by any of those offending companies, to prevent them from including their supercookies and analytical tools in our website without our consent. Even though their services would make our job easier since we won't have to implement those services on our own, but we believe the extra effort is worth it.
As an extension of the above-mentioned issues, social networking is often used to manipulate people. This is done through advertising, to make you purchase products you don't necessarily need, political manipulation which is often done through misinformation, and even manipulating you to spend more time on their website, using addictive tools such as reactions or capitalizing on your FOMO (fear of missing out) to keep you coming back and refreshing your feed.
We proudly do not and will not employ any such addictive tactics, mainly because we don't financially benefit from making you spend more time on our website, since we don't get paid based on the number of ads we can show you and make you click on.
Separating our value from any such financial means, we are free to offer purely useful features without any incentive to manipulate you in any way. Unlike other websites that will run any ad, regardless of factual validity and negative impact, as long as they're getting paid to do so.
In the future, we intend to implement methods to use our platform to drive positive impact, in the form of social, economic and environmental good deeds. We will achieve this through a point-based karma system.
Users will gain karma when they do good deeds, and will not lose that karma for any reason. Karma count will be visible on users' profile and next to their name when they post. Additionally, users may gain achievement badges for certain milestones and stand-out contributions. We also intend to host annual events, like award shows, to celebrate the biggest contributors and give out prizes, to further incentivize good deeds.
Our goal is to eventually live in a society where people are celebrated by how much they've helped others, rather than by their net worth.