What is the problem?

A Filter Bubble is a state of intellectual isolation that can result from personalized searches when a social media algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on their interaction history and other data which platform knows about them. It is difficult for a person to find opposing views on a topic on social media. One has to make a conscious effort to get diverse views on some topic, and break out from the filter bubble created by the social media algorithms. However, some choose to keep their filter bubble intact in order to prevent information overload which leads to misinformation, another problem prevalent in OSMs today.

Explore bRead

What is bRead?

bRead is a new outlook on interacting with social media where people view multiple sides of a Debate, Question or News Topic and contribute to the conversation, hence delivering discourse in an organized, ethical and user-centric function.

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The Platform

The homepage provides an intelligently curated list of topics a.k.a. loafs with each loaf containing discourse around politics, entertainment, sports, global affairs or any relevant topic appealing to the masses. But what does a loaf contain? Simple, Breads.

Each loaf contains a repository of posts a.k.a. breads segregated in two parallel views: breads in favor of the loaf and breads against the loaf. The users of the platform collectively decide the category of every bread. But what empowers users to decide the category? We use community driven annotations. For every loaf, whenever any frequent visitor enters a loaf, they are considered as a knowledgeable person and asked to annotate if a bread is against the topic or in favour of the topic.

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But who is a knowledgeable person? We assign them a credibility score. Every user starts with a baseline credibility score of 50%. If their annotation score is close enough to the average annotation score of a bread, they are rewarded with a boost in their credibility score, or penalized if their annotation score is opposite to that of the community score after a fair number of annotations. Alluvial Diagram

But where should I go if I am clueless? Here comes our Trending section. At bRead, we believe that users should have a more natural choice to engage with the trending topics. Thus, we have found a new way to rank the posts that ensure diversity while ensuring that the breads receiving the most traction are at the top. This allows the user to engage in many topics and not limit them only to the most common ones. Alluvial Diagram

Discussion

Thus, we see bRead as a way to be informed about topical issues, as a way to understand (and sometimes dismiss) the conflicting views, and finally, as a way to understand and shape one’s opinions when exposed to a new topic. Turns out, bRead has much more potential than we imagined!

Team

  • Chirag Jain
  • Pras Mehan
  • Atishay Jain
  • Rishi Raj Jain
  • Rohan Rajpal
  • Vrinda Narayan
  • Amogh Gulati
  • Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • Rachit Jain