Ravi Iyer is the managing director of the Psychology of Technology Institute, which is a project of University of Southern California's Neely Center. Before that, he led data science, research, and product teams across Facebook toward improving the societal impact of social media. He helped co-found and build the initial algorithms for Ranker.com, which is a profitable publisher of crowdsourced lists that serves tens of millions of unique visitors monthly and employs 125-plus people. He has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Southern California and has coauthored of dozens of highly cited empirical articles about individual values, political opinions, polarization, and technology. He has worked with numerous nonprofits fighting polarization. His work across tech and academia has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, South by Southwest and numerous other venues.
How social media is designed has the potential to escalate conflict. It's becoming clear that platforms can do more to monitor their impact and discourage violence.