Public opinion is the most powerful tool not only in life, but also on the webspace. There are a lot of options for its use, so much so that you can “destroy” a person, harassment, etc.
I think it actually affecting opinions at this moment.
There is an algorithm, that checking tweets and helps Twitter to ban people - so I think it’s not just a feature for us, but an actual reality
Moreover, we do not know what is happening behind closed doors. Such a volume of information cannot be without control. We don’t know what they do in union with the governments.
I suppose a new era of AI, it’s just beginning and China will be the first in this race.
My opinion is simple - if we was able to came with idea that it can be used against someone - then other “parties” also can take an action. Especially how often spy-ogranizations using future-tech for security reasons.
While we still giving away our data for some “free” stuff - it will continue to influence our opinions. Just read an article that twitter ban political ads.
And a lot of people - especially new gen - using more Instagram then “old-cave” social networks - so I think people and sharks will migrate to a new place.