Saturday, July 4, 2020

9.) Fake News Arbiters

After President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Facebook attempted to tell us (rational, intelligent human beings) who we should believe and who we should ignore. 

Facebook endorsed the New York Times and other established outlets – even with the Times’ record of lying about Joseph Stalin’s state-managed famine in Ukraine and Jayson Blair’s prolific plagiarism. 

Unsurprisingly, many people bristled at the idea of being told what to think by a bunch of Silicon Valley millennials. 

The following year, Facebook tried another way to shape the political discourse – this time using algorithms to deprioritize pages associated with right-wing ideas and organizations.

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