Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook’s ideas to battle fake news

Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook’s ideas to battle fake news, by Abby Ohlheiser.

A week after trying to reassure the public that it was “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined several ways the company might try to stop the spread of fake news on the platform in the future. …

“The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically,” he cautioned, repeating the company’s long-standing aversion to becoming the “arbiters of truth” — instead preferring to rely on third parties and users to make those distinctions.

“We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or mistakenly restricting accurate content,” he said. …

On Monday, Facebook announced it was going to crack down on fake news sites that use its ad services to profit off hoaxes.

Good excuse to filter the “news.” We all know which side of politics will benefit.

If one were of a suspicious frame of mind, one might wonder if the fake news writers, who were anti-Trump, where hired by someone who then encouraged Facebook, whose owner is anti-Trump, to filter its “news” — against Trump. The people doing all this are all anti-Trump and the outcome is more anti-Trump bias in the news feeds of voters. Hmmm.