Facebook’s failure: did fake news and polarized politics get Trump elected?
The company is being accused of abdicating its responsibility to clamp down on fake news stories and counter the echo chamber that defined this election
And this is actually a serious problem. No, not the one they’re complaining about, what they want to sdo abouit it. Because, essentially, they are about to insist that Facebook must be censored. Sure, they say edited, curated, but they mean censored.
So how do you break it? Menczer says the solution is to create a filter. Before social media, the filter was provided by media companies, who acted as gatekeepers to the news and had staff trained in fact-checking and verifying information. In an age of budget cuts in traditional media, and the rise of clickbait and race-to-the-bottom journalism, standards have slipped across the board.
Sorry, filtered, not censored.