We consider a discrete opinion formation problem in a setting where agents are influenced by both information diffused by their social relations and from recommendations received directly from the social media manager. We study how the “strength” of the influence of the social media and the homophily ratio affect the probability of the agents of reaching a consensus and how they can determine the type of consensus reached. In a simple 2-symmetric block model we prove that agents converge either to a consensus or to a persistent disagreement. In particular, we show that when the homophily ratio is large, the social media has a very low capacity of determining the outcome of the opinion dynamics. On the other hand, when the homophily ratio is low, the social media influence can have an important role on the dynamics, either by making harder to reach a consensus or inducing it on extreme opinions. Finally, in order to extend our analysis to more general and realistic settings we give some experimental evidences that our results still hold on general networks.

On the Impact of Social Media Recommendations on Opinion Consensus

Auletta, Vincenzo;Coppola, Antonio;Ferraioli, Diodato
2022

Abstract

We consider a discrete opinion formation problem in a setting where agents are influenced by both information diffused by their social relations and from recommendations received directly from the social media manager. We study how the “strength” of the influence of the social media and the homophily ratio affect the probability of the agents of reaching a consensus and how they can determine the type of consensus reached. In a simple 2-symmetric block model we prove that agents converge either to a consensus or to a persistent disagreement. In particular, we show that when the homophily ratio is large, the social media has a very low capacity of determining the outcome of the opinion dynamics. On the other hand, when the homophily ratio is low, the social media influence can have an important role on the dynamics, either by making harder to reach a consensus or inducing it on extreme opinions. Finally, in order to extend our analysis to more general and realistic settings we give some experimental evidences that our results still hold on general networks.
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