Wednesday October 12, 2016

Facebook Repeatedly Trending Fake News Since Firing Human Editors

Why is Facebook still trending fake news stories? Who cares, blame the algorithms! Then fire someone on the team that created the algorithm and then decline to comment about anything on the record. TA-DA! The system is working as Facebook intended. wink

As part of a larger audit of Facebook’s Trending topics, the Intersect logged every news story that trended across four accounts during the workdays from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22. During that time, we uncovered five trending stories that were indisputably fake and three that were profoundly inaccurate. On top of that, we found that news releases, blog posts from sites such as Medium and links to online stores such as iTunes regularly trended.