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Should social media companies censor fake news?

There's a lot of fake news on social media and no one knows what do do about it. Social media platforms say it's not actually such a big deal. Others are saying fake news is impeding progress on key issues like climate change and domestic policy, and are calling on social media companies to intervene. Should they? Vote now! 📰

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Many people worry the effort to remove fake news from news feeds will actually lead to censoring political speech. People share content and media because it reflects themselves and their personal worldviews.

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Critics worry about who gets to determine what is 'real' and what is 'fake.' Mainstream media sites engage in the same bad practices they accuse other websites of doing. When public trust in the media is at an all-time low, critics question if it is even the media's place to determine what is real. 

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The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically. We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible. We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or to mistakenly restrict accurate content. We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.
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While fake news has always been a problem, the election revealed there are many people who are taking advantage of the system to willfully misinform for profit. Facebook and other social media platforms are creating an environment that incentivizes bubbles, then uses its algorithms to present false information that reinforces preconceived ideas and feelings.  

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The whole article is worth a read, but here's the basic gist:

Facebook makes conspiracies familiar, and familiarity equals truth
It would be terrifying enough if this existential problem—that Facebook was training people to be extremists and conspiracists through a process of re-sharing—was the worst bit. But it’s not. The larger problem is the far larger number of people who see the headlines and do not reshare them. Why is this a problem? Because for the most part, our brains equate “truth” with “things we’ve seen said a lot by people we trust.” The literature in this area is vast—it’s one of the reasons, for example, that so many people believe that global warming is a hoax.
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It comes down to a problem that only Facebook can solve. The system it created incentivizes fake news and rewards it. 

To put this in perspective, if you combined the top stories from the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times, they still had only 5% the viewership of an article from a fake news site that intimated strongly that the Democratic Presidential candidate had had a husband and wife murdered then burned to cover up her crimes.
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The fact that Mark Zuckerberg can shrug his shoulders with his best “Who, me?” face — I’m trying to stay logical here, but I feel very sick to my stomach. There is nothing trivial, rare, or occasional about fake news on Facebook. Fake news outperforms real news on Facebook by several orders of magnitude. The financial rewards for pushing fake news to Facebook are also several orders of magnitude higher, and so expect this to continue until Zuckerberg came come to terms with the conspiracy ecosystem he created, and the effect it has had of U.S. Politics.
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Facebook and other platforms have solutions, but they refuse to acknowledge the problem. 

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"Identity reinforcement engine fostering extremism" = Facebook.

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Should social media companies censor fake news?
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