What Facebook and Google Can Learn From the First Major News Hoax

In the age of the platform, how can anybody be sure that the news they read is true?

Last week, lies, hoaxes, and rumors prevailed on Facebook and Google following the mass murder in Las Vegas. The sites promoted stories claiming that the killer was a Rachel Maddow fan, or an ISIS follower—both false. As gatekeepers of valuable information, the platforms failed, The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal wrote

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One thought on “What Facebook and Google Can Learn From the First Major News Hoax

  • October 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Tagging dubious articles will only strengthen fake news. Tagged, tagged, tagged, oh this one isn’t tagged. Read it. Believe it. Later that week. Facebook apologizes as our algorithms became “whatever” and incorrectly tagged some non-dubious news as dubious and vice-verca. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and are working on a fix to provide you with more reliable news. And so on, forever. Continually letting the fake news they want to promote, slip through. Endless cycle. Same with computer hacking, it will go on forever.



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