Dec 15, 2016
commented on Facebook Will Take Some Responsibility For Fake News—But Is It Enough?
They are just allowing "flagging" of suspicious news stories. Their bar is very high. And they send the story, after it has been flagged multiple times, to be checked by reputable sources. After it has been verified as fake (like, fabricated out of whole cloth, not just biased or inaccurate) they then attach a warning so that anyone forwarding it is made aware that the story is fabricated, and they give links as proof. They do not prevent the person from forwarding it-ie, it is not in any way censored (Jesus!). There are several ways to verify which stories are fake, for example, if they come from a source whose sole purpose is to synthesize fake news, like some Foreign sites that disguise themselves as real news sites (a guy from Slate gave some examples on the PBS Newshour tonight). Finding the source of the story and verifying its authenticity seems like a bare minimum for these sorts of stories that are passed around to millions, have no author listed, and have television network logos plastered all over them (meant to mislead).
Dec 5, 2016
commented on Repeal Day!
Great article, Bill. That map is fascinating.