Fakery is coming. We’re not ready.

Continued">

I’m going to share some tweets with you. I’ll tell you who wrote them in a moment. “Today I’m announcing an important partnership that has the potential to transform America’s foreign policy – it comes from the heart!” “I am pleased to announce our new alliance with North Korea. Kim Jong Un and I are … Continued

Fake news detection for kids? How about adults?

Continued">

Quartz published an awesome analysis of how teachers are attempting to teach kids to spot fake news — and how bad we all are at it. Here are some highlights from the article: “In the age of fake news, here’s how schools are teaching kids to think like fact-checkers,” by Annabelle Timsit: About Stanford University … Continued

Can Facebook block lies about voting?

Continued">

In the US, the midterm election day is one week from today, November 6. Facebook says it will ban misinformation on voting. If you find this news item encouraging, allow me to discourage you. First off, the ban is limited in scope. Facebook is not banning fake news (as if such a thing were possible) … Continued

Facebook is secretly rating your trustworthiness. Excellent!

Continued">

According to the Washington Post, Facebook is rating your trustworthiness on a zero-to-one scale. Not only that, they won’t tell you how they rate people. Here’s why that’s a necessary first step in squashing the spread of fake news. First, let’s get this out of the way. Facebook is biased. All social media and search … Continued

The strange thing about Trump’s Fake News Awards

Continued">

President Donald Trump announced his Fake News Awards yesterday. Many of them are, indeed, news reports that turned out to be wrong. Strangely, though, that’s not at all what Trump actually means when he says “Fake News” — or when he generates it himself. Breaking down the 2017 Fake News Awards Trump’s Fake News Awards … Continued

Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook?

Continued">

Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg said his personal challenge for 2018 was to fix Facebook. This is a good sign, but we need to hold him accountable. Zuckerberg’s brief statement (432 words, posted on Facebook of course) is direct and personal compared to most CEO communications. Let’s take a look at what he’s saying, how he’s saying … Continued

A better solution to fake news, starting with Facebook

Continued">

Fake news is a big problem, and Facebook is at the center of it. It’s clear that made-up and distorted stories amplified on Facebook helped swing the 2016 presidential election. But the simple and “obvious” solutions to the problem have backfired. Now Facebook is at work on something better. And I have a proposal based … Continued