Facebook’s fake news problem has once more reared its head, with a false story about the death of the FBI agent linked to Hillary’s email leaks making the rounds on Facebook over the weekend.
False information being spread on the internet is definitely not a new thing, but the situation seems to have been worsening since Facebook six weeks ago got rid of human curators for its trending news section, and allowed this section to be entirely controlled by its algorithm.
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Read about how, since then, the site has repeatedly promoted “news” stories that are actually works of fiction in this Washington Post article.
The prevalence of fake news on social media of course has wider implications for traditional news outlets, as they must decide how to report on the fake stories being propelled by Facebook’s new algorithm to the top of millions of people’s news feeds. The filtering of these stories into mainstream news seems a worrying inevitability…
Words: Ellie Glason