Facebook cedes control of its “news” to establishment gatekeepers like Snopes
This is not fake news.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has finally admitted that phony news is a problem on his social media network, and he’s hopes someday to use artificial intelligence to root it out.
Until then, Facebook has hired humans to do the job of policing his vast site’s news feeds, officials said Thursday, a month after Zuckerberg pooh-poohed concerns that a rash of so-called “fake news” on Facebook may have tipped the presidency to Donald Trump.
That includes one viral “story” that falsely claimed Trump had been endorsed by the Pope.
“It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful,” News Feed Vice President Adam Mosseri said in a post on Thursday.
“And we’ve been working hard to make improvements to our platform so you see less hoaxes and fake news.”
Facebook is testing several ways to make it easier for users to report fake news stories with a couple of clicks, Mosseri said.
They’ll use these “reports from our community” to funnel iffy stories to independent fact checkers, including Snopes, Politifact, ABC News and FactCheck.org, all members of the Poynter International Fact Checking Network.
If a news story is disputed by two or more fact checkers, it will be tagged with a warning: “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.” Clicking on the warning will bring up explanatory details.
“It will still be possible to share these stories, but you will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share,” Mosseri said.
These flagged stories will be deep-sixed in users’ feeds, and can’t be made into an ad or promoted.
Artificial intelligence software is being developed to help cull out click-bait hoaxes, Mosseri said.
Already, algorithms are capable of doing some winnowing.
“We’ve found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way,” Mosseri said. “We’re going to test incorporating this signal into ranking.”
Finally, the site is cracking down on “spoofed” domains that pretend to be legitimate news websites, officials said.
Zuckerberg himself displayed a continuing caution against over-editing the site in his own post on Thursday.
“With any changes we make, we must fight to give all people a voice and resist the path of becoming arbiters of truth ourselves,” he wrote.
Indeed, taking a more active role in what content gets distributed on Facebook — and what doesn’t — could be an awkward fit for the company’s persistent claims that it isn’t a media company.
Looking to fend off censorship allegations, Zuckerberg has insisted that he’s running a tech company that provides a neutral distribution platform for other media companies.
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its a sick joke..and planned for a while now..
“It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful,”