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Facebook has a fake news problem, and it knows it. The social network giant was already under fire for hoax stories popping into its trending feed following its decision to fire all of its human curators in favor of AI algorithms. Things came to a head following last month’s U.S. presidential election and the role that fake news stories could have possibly had in swaying voters or further emboldening their positions. While Mark Zuckerberg at the time dismissed any notion that Facebook played an outsized role in determining the outcome of the election, the company is now making a concerted effort to combat fake news. “We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth... Read more...
The spread of misinformation and fake news via the internet is running rampant. As both a news writer and teaching assistant/college professor, I am in the unique position of not only battling misinformation online, but also in a university classroom. A Stanford University study recently discovered that many preteens and teenagers are unable to detect fake news, despite having tools at their disposal to to determine the validity of content. These future voters and leaders were unable to tell whether or not the articles they read were legitimate, accurate, or unbiased. Social media does not appear to be helping the issue. Facebook, as well as many other sites, have been accused of interfering... Read more...
We tend to credit late-millennials and Generation Z, or preteens and teens, with an almost innate ability to understand the latest in available technology, and the implications of relying on it. A Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college, however, suggests that this age group has a difficult time detecting fake or sponsored news and articles. Stanford discovered that most students judged an article not by its sources, but on its length and whether or not a large picture was attached. According to Stanford, “More than two out of three middle-schoolers couldn’t see any valid reason to mistrust a post written by a bank executive arguing that young adults need... Read more...
Major entities are taking steps to crack down on the proliferation of fake news, and you can count Google among them. The sultan of search is putting together a new policy that would prevent websites from misrepresenting content on its AdSense advertising network, a move that won't totally get rid of fake news but will make it tougher for people to profit from it. "Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property," Google said in a statement. By using AdSense, advertisers can place text ads on millions of websites that are part of Google's network. The... Read more...
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