Mark Zuckerberg is trying to show Congress he is cutting down on all the fake newsery going around. We’ve all seen the articles floating around, or click-bait headlines. He probably feels good about right now, resting his chin between his luscious man bewbs with a look of achievement on his quasi-human face. While sipping a non-fat, sugar-free, no-balls latte. He just made a big step in silencing zee dissenters. Facebook’s latest initiative involves asking users which news outlets they have a love affair with. All in an effort to fight “fake news.”
I don’t know why, but this is what I imagine when Cuckerberg orders a latte:
Problems. So many problems.
The full Facebook news trustworthiness survey.
— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) January 23, 2018
acebook is overhauling its News Feed amid ongoing criticism of its platform, which has come under fire for enabling foreign manipulation of US elections, giving rise to fake news, and making people feel bad.
In a Facebook post last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained how the survey data would be used:
Here’s how this will work. As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)
That’s right, they’re urging users, who couldn’t recognize fake news in the first place, to determine who gets priority on Facebook. Meaning your great aunt and her seven sisters can all say they recognized “The Onion” and “trust it entirely.”
I have been writing articles for a long time now. We don’t write fake news, nor do we as a whole write click-bait articles. But I can tell you if this is left up to the general population, it is going to fail miserably. Anyone with a brain knows that — just look at any comment section on any major media publication’s Facebook feed. It’s painful. It is literally Cancer.
Actual footage of your newsfeed:
It should be stressed that Facebook isn’t customizing each feed, they’re customizing everyone’s feed based on the majority’s opinions. Which is their right, Facebook being a private company and all.
But this latest ambition just makes it tougher for counter-culture outlets, or “problematic purveyors of nasty facts and wrong-think” to get their content to new people.
We recently had a 9-day ban on Facebook, we couldn’t post ANYTHING form our sister site, Project Republic. Why? All because we put out an article titled: FLASHBACK: Called Libya A ‘S**t Show’. Which he did.
People who might just enjoy it. People who could engage with Facebook more because they found it. But lo, ban all ye lesser known newsies. But lo, ban all ye lesser known newsies. But lo, ban all ye lesser known newsies. Sorry, there’s an echo in this chamber.
News curated by groupthink. What could go wrong?
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