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Facebook’s Anti-Fake News Initiative May Not Be Working

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, May 16, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Sam Levin, writing for The Guardian:

    “A bunch of conservative groups grabbed this and said, ‘Hey, they are trying to silence this blog – share, share share,’” said Winthrop, who published the story that falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of Irish people were brought to the US as slaves. “With Facebook trying to throttle it and say, ‘Don’t share it,’ it actually had the opposite effect.”

  2. devenstonow


    This is a problem with no "right" solution for Facebook. Either they have people moderate/curate featured news and you get (unintentionally/subconsciously) biased news/news sources, or they go with an algorithm that's not ready/has flaws and get accused of bias
  3. Tim Fitzpatrick


    This is why we can't have nice things
  4. mercury

    modern-day offspring fanatic Supporter

    I think the "right" solution is for a social network to not be the arbiter of news, but y'know, innovation or whatever.
  5. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    people are idiots and we do not deserve the technology we have made
  6. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter


    And I'd add, it's worth debating what real value we're deriving from some of the technology and services we've created.
    Petit nain des Îles likes this.