Online Censorship of “Fake News”

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Since when is untrue stuff online such a big issue?

I think these recent examples (see below) of “fake news” are being used to further the agenda of eventually cracking down on politically incorrect online articles.

Who, after all, will decide what is true and what is false when it comes to “conspiracy theories”?

Google also gets fooled by fake election news

“Google’s search engine highlighted an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers.

“The incorrect results were shown Monday in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump “70 News” site. A link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results…” Read more: Google also gets fooled by fake election news http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Google-also-gets-fooled-by-fake-election-news-401247046.html

Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say

“Facebook executives have been reviewing its products to eliminate the appearance of political bias. One source said high-ranking officials were briefed on a planned news feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories but it disproportionately impacted rightwing news sites. The update was consequently shelved, Gizmodo claims, although Facebook denies it.

“The scrutiny over Facebook’s treatment of editorial content has been intensifying for months, reflecting the site’s unrivaled power and influence in distributing news alongside everything else its users share on the site.

Fake or misleading news spreads like wildfire on Facebook because of confirmation bias, a quirk in human psychology that makes us more likely to accept information that conforms to our existing world views. The conspiracy theories are also amplified by a network of highly partisan media outlets with questionable editorial policies…” Read more: Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/facebook-fake-news-us-election-news-feed-algorithm?CMP=share_btn_tw

The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories

“Using the old left adage that everything is a power play, it’s hard to read this manufactured controversy as anything other than a desperate ploy by a caste (the coastal media) to maintain its hold over the levers of information, married to a howl of outrage at the idea that the little people might have access to articles and ideas that haven’t been “vetted” for “fairness” by said caste…” Read more: The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories http://theweek.com/articles/661838/myth-electionaltering-fake-facebook-news-stories

Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to

“I absolutely do not trust Facebook to decide what’s fake and what’s not fake, so I’m with Zuckerberg here and not the “renegades.” “Renegade” makes these people sound daring, but they are into censorship and upping the power of the big corporation. The chance that such a power would be used in a politically biased way is approximately 100%. I don’t know how much Zuckerberg is really committed to the freedom of speech, but I think he knows if Facebook started deeming some political stories “fake” and taking action against them, Facebook would be accused of bias and censorship and it wouldn’t be good for Facebook, the business…” Read more: Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to http://althouse.blogspot.com/2016/11/since-were-already-talking-about.html

Facebook Counter-Narratives

“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech. The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary. The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect…” Read more: Facebook, Twitter pledge to remove hate speech within 24 hours http://via.wtvr.com/ZaKIB 

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