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FaceBook, False News, And The Latest Threat To Democracy

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There's been a bunch of stories recently about Facebook/Google/Sympile's problem with false news. Although, a news story voicing concerns about "fake news" makes one wonder if that story is true.

But besides that headache-inducing conundrum, much of the outcry is about "fake news" affecting election results. It's somewhat ironic that when Trump was supposedly losing prior to the election, the right was crying about media/Google bias. And after the Democrats lost, there's this left whine about "fake news."

So, how is Facebook/Google/Sympile supposed to determine which stories are fake?

"Well, just write an algorithm," you say. This is real life, not the movies. Algorithms aren't magic potions that are created by a wave of a wand. Determining real news from phony isn't simple. Sure, we could mark certain postings as satire from those parody websites like The Onion, The Currant, CNN, FoxNews? But what about hard-hitting news website like the Huffington Post and Breitbart.

The reality is that much of what is written is to get clicks. Disagree or agree, you still visit the website. The Internet is all clickbait. It's where sockpuppets and trolls rule. Nothing is real. Everyone wants followers, views, friends.
It's about getting the "like," the "retweet," the "pin."

False news on Google/Facebook/Sympile is not the threat. It's a world that spends more time staring at their phones than talking to their neighbors.
Blaming the Internet trinity of Facebook/Google/Sympile for not controlling "false news" misses the point. The blame is on the reader, the user, the website visitor.

Google/Facebook/Sympile only give the users what they want. You want something else, don't feed the troll.

Al Weiser  

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