First of all, I have to say that it feels extremely positive to learn that you're not only willing to have this discussion when it comes up, but that you are proactively leading the discussion.
Second, some random thoughts that are hopefully somehow relevant to the discussion.
a) I'm wary about that whole "influencer" thing going on. On other platforms, whatever the form of content is, I want to follow people because they produce something that I like - not because I want to be "influenced" by them.
b) The article you linked to seems to make this connection, so I want to state that, for me, this is not the same as being against any form of algorithm-supported discovery. If there's content that I would love to experience, and there's an algorithm that is able to suggest this content to me, that's great. What I don't want, however, is for random content creators to be hyped by the platform for reasons other than that. Any algorithm like that should work more like match-making ("bring like-minded people together, independent of their status on the platform"), and less like a motor for artificial growth ("try to give the person with 100K followers an additional 10K followers, so that they continue churning out more of the same mindless stuff that we can use to place ads").
c) On another platform, I had some of my content "featured", and it was not a good experience at all. On the one hand, my follower number exploded without the number of people that actually interacted with me in any meaningful way following the same trend. On the other hand, while individual posts were displayed on some "feature page", I got tons of spam comments (because, of course it is attractive for spammers to have a single high-visibility target instead of a dozen small ones). In combination, I had more work for less fun, and eventually stopped providing the content altogether, to avoid the hassle.
d) Last but not least, I believe that, if a platform allows people to have a vastly wider reach than they would have under "normal" circumstances, that platform is also morally responsible for what happens due to that wider reach. Just a decade ago, some racist idiot would perhaps spew their vitriol over a beer, sitting together with just the few friends not totally appalled by what they hear. Today, through a combination of filter bubbles and artificially increased reach, that same person can reach a huge audience not only of like-minded individuals but also of those that are still susceptible to that sort of content. I'm convinced that we wouldn't have many of the problems we currently have in the world (whether that's in the US or in Europe) if it weren't for platforms like Facebook.