If you use Facebook you have seen a post, usually fairly long, that instructs you to copy and paste this post into your own status. Older people, like me, will remember chain letters that try to convince you that you’ll have bad luck if you don’t mail copies of that said letter to some number of folks. This is sort of the same thing. While every post with copy and paste instructions, on Facebook, is not a hoax or scam it is the popular phrase used in both.
I watched this 2020 Sundance documentary/drama, The Social Dilemma, on Netflix. It is a series of interviews of people who worked at social media companies telling their stories of how they are ruining society and actors showing their addictions to the system. They tell about monetizing surveillance, data mining, its effects on mental health, teen suicides and conspiracy theory misinformation especially for Gen Z. They bring up a lot of good points telling why you see ads related to things that you like to do or buy.
They point out the obvious that they must monetize through advertisers, since they let you use their programs for free. The better the mining data about you the more advertisers will pay to be seen on their media. It is directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. The Interviewees include Tristan Harris (Google Inbox. American ethicist), Aza Raskin (Firefox,son of Jef Raskin – human-interface expert and initiator of the Macintosh project at Apple),