CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated recently that the company plans to “dial up
the intensity” of news suppression leading towards the U.S. midterm
CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated this week that the social media firm has
plans to further crack down on fake news on the platform via
“suppression” of certain news publications. BuzzFeed News reports that
Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook has been gathering data on certain
publications by asking consumers how they feel about certain
publications and their trustworthiness.
stated: “We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost
or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over
time. We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down
polarization and find common ground.” Zuckerberg stated that Facebook
would be investing billions of dollars into human moderators to spot
fake news on the platform as well as heavily investing in artificial
intelligence. “We’re essentially going to be losing money on doing
political ads,” stated Zuckerberg.
claims to have successfully prevented the spread of fake news on their
platform during elections in both France and Alabama. “We deployed
AI tools that have taken down tens of thousands of accounts,” said
Zuckerberg discussing the company’s role in those elections. With the
2018 midterm elections set to take place in November of this year, much
focus will be placed on Facebook and their actions during the election.
met with a number of publications following their F8 conference in
efforts to discuss the issue of fake news, it has yet to be reported
however if any conservative publications were present at this meeting.
BuzzFeed News reports that the publications present at the interview
were: BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN,
the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily
Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York
Post, and others.
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