The research found that old gender and racial biases persist on today’s social media

A group of researchers have found that recommendation algorithms on social media platforms may discriminate on the basis of gender, age and race.

According to researchers from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, social media and the sharing economy have created new opportunities by leveraging online networks to build trust and remove marketplace barriers.

Their research suggested that old gender and racial biases persist — from men’s greater popularity on Twitter to African Americans’ lower acceptance rates on Airbnb.

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