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Google and Facebook to Ban Fake News Sites From Ad Networks

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Facebook and Google have decided to ban fake news sites from using their advertising networks. Again, this seems like something that would have been useful a few months ago, but it’s a good step in the right direction.

    Google kicked off the action on Monday afternoon when the Silicon Valley search giant said it would ban websites that peddle fake news from using its online advertising service. Hours later, Facebook, the social network, updated the language in its Facebook Audience Network policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.

  2. oakhurst

    Trusted Supporter

    So they're banning Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and 75% of the Internet when it comes to "news"? Pretty cool
    coleslawed likes this.
  3. mattfreaksmeout

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    Does this include sites like the Onion or just sites that are deliberately attempting to mislead readers?
  4. JRGComedy

    Trusted Supporter

    I wish Chorus would ban fake news. C'mon, is this really news?
    amorningofsleep likes this.
  5. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    too little too late, it seems
  6. carlosonthedrums

    Cooler than a polar bear's toenails Prestigious

    What kind of world do we live in where shit like this only takes effect after the horrifying result of a Presidential election?
  7. Matt Who

    Space Cadet Prestigious

    You're so edgy!
    Robk, dylan, Luroda and 1 other person like this.
  8. Gnarly Charlie

    Good guy, but a bad dude

    lol, yeah go get the "REAL" news from Alex Jones!

    Good god..
  9. Former Planets


    I mean, any form of censorship is a good form of censorship, amiright??
    Raku likes this.
  10. This isn't censorship.
    Robk, Mr. Serotonin, Luroda and 2 others like this.
  11. oakhurst

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    I never even hinted at that. If you get your news from him then that's your business. I think he's a joke, no offense.
  12. oakhurst

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    You're so edgy for using the word edgy. 2x edgy
    Davjs likes this.
  13. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    I don't think the Onion is trying to "deliberately mislead readers". I think it's purely comedy.
    Jason Tate likes this.
  14. mattfreaksmeout

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    Which is why I said "or" to make a distinction. I can understand facebook trying to wipe out sites that are actively trying to trick readers. I'm not ok with them getting rid of sites like the Onion that provide satire. My concern is that the line between those two things could end up being hard to see if fake news sites start trying to claim they're satire.
    Mr. Serotonin likes this.
  15. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    Missed that, it's early. Carry on.
    mattfreaksmeout likes this.
  16. ReginaPhilange

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    I doubt this includes satire. I personally have never seen The Onion or Clickhole trend on the news feed. The distinction is obvious to a majority of people, but Poe's Law isn't going anywhere unfortunately.
    Mr. Serotonin likes this.