The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers. It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn't stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a … [Read more...] about Essay: I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
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Facebook's prolonged struggle to nullify the spread of misleading information on its platform took a bold step on Thursday, when the company scrubbed over 800 pages for promoting what it calls "inauthentic behavior." The social network's reputation for fake news blew up during the 2016 presidential election, when it was overrun with political spam deployed in large part by … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Fake News Problem Isn’t Russian Anymore—It’s Homegrown
Reality has had a tough year. When the president of the United States is denying that thousands of Americans died in a hurricane, journalists face an uphill battle. That battle has been particularly fraught on social networks, where malicious actors have spent the past several years peddling hoaxes and sowing division. But today I bring you at least one reason for optimism. … [Read more...] about Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found
Alex Hardiman always speaks softly. Leading a team meeting in a conference room at Facebook's New York office, where a cardboard cutout of a NASA astronaut leans in a corner next to an arrangement of corporate motivational posters (EMPATHY. Have some!), Hardiman places all five fingertips on the wood table in front of her. She gives her feedback in numbered lists. Moving from … [Read more...] about The cure for Facebook’s fake news infection? It might be these women
Facebook has a lot of problems right now, but one that’s definitely not going away any time soon is fake news. As the company’s user base has grown to include more than a quarter of the world’s population, it has (understandably) struggled to control what they all post and share. For Facebook, unwanted content can be anything from mild nudity to serious … [Read more...] about Why AI isn’t going to solve Facebook’s fake news problem