“We conclude that an indirect approach to connecting people with opposing views has great potential,” say Graells-Garrido and co.
It’s certainly a start. But whether it can prevent the herding behaviour in which users sometimes desert social media sites overnight, is debatable. But the overall approach is admirable. Connecting people is important when they share similar interests but arguably even more so when their views clash.
An attempt to fight filter bubbles. Sadly, the first application the researchers came up with was improving the retention rate of social networks.