Facebook’s Fix on Fake News

The election is over and done with and we now wait for President Elect Trump to take the chair as President of the United States. However, looking back at the recent election has left some people wondering what is really happening with the way our generation is viewing media online and through social websites. Many are beginning to believe that Hillary Clinton’s loss seems to be due to fake news.

Facebook has been notorious for spreading videos like wildfire, creating viral videos and circulating a story around the country within a matter of hours. However, along with silly content like that, a lot of fake news stories and articles have begun to get passed along too.

Facebook has noticed an increase in fake news and has begun to implement procedures into catching, verifying and eliminating stories if they are simply false. However, this now comes into a realm of Facebook potentially limiting what the public can and cannot see.

Yes, there are fake news stories circulating around the internet and Facebook. However, who’s right is it to limit what content someone can or cannot see. Is it not up to the viewer themselves to accept or reject what they are reading into? As adults (or those younger adolescents), it is important to not take everything read off the internet as face value. Has Facebook now become a “fact checker” for all of it’s users? Why are the users not fact checking themselves?

If anything, Facebook is now filtering content based off of what they believe is appropriate to be viewed by the public. This filtering is completely opinionated and may very well be masking true stories that Facebook doesn’t want to leak. As an example, let’s say Facebook has a partnership with Coca-Cola and a TRUE article comes out saying how dangerous the soda is. Coke is going to do everything in their power to try and hide that article from the public so their company does not go down. Being their partner, Facebook will most likely do the same, trying to suppress the article from the public, even though it is true.

Facebook should not be in charge of monitoring what articles the public can and cannot see. It should be up to the user to determine that and believe what they must.

WSJ: Facebook Fake News Filtering

NPR: Tackling Fake News


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