What's the (slightly pejorative) word for the way some websites provide content tailored to the "interests" (belief systems, etc.) of users, thereby preventing them (or at least greatly diminishing the opportunities) to discover other points of view?
Google does it. Twitter does it.
I regularly receives emails from Twitter, with suggestions and the latest "activity on the network" and it usually right on the money, introducing me to tweets on human rights, activism, social issues.
My problem with it is that those who need to hear of such things (the very people to whom I, as an activist, would like to reach) are those who, by the very same algorithm used by such web sites, would be prevented from coming across it.
I once saw a specific term for such an algorithm for "tailored" content.
Somehow the following questions feels connected to the feeling behind my question:
Has the term ‘weapons of mass distraction’ gotten currency as a metonym for web sites and lowbrow mass media contents?