Since firing its human editors, Facebook’s trending news section has repeatedly featured fake news
In the six weeks since Facebook revamped its trending news section to be controlled by an algorithm, the section has repeatedly featured fake news, Caitlin Dewey writes. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 22, The Intersect found five trending stories that were “indisputably fake” and three that were “profoundly inaccurate.” These problems largely stem from Facebook’s review guidelines for the section, which Facebook said in the aftermath of the Megyn Kelly incidentincluded a “sufficient number of relevant articles.” And, Facebook hasn’t indicated that it’s changing those guidelines: “Rather, the social network maintains that its fake news problem can be solved by better and more robust algorithms,” Dewey writes.
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