April 15, 2024

It’s become a trend in our everyday world today, either branding online news as either false news, controversial or even illegal – yeah you heard that right? 

Facebook with controversial fake news towards articles

These trends, must have been strongly backed up also with the current numerous trends and information floating the internet even to the most lightly politicised topics, thereby causing the most ardent and avid internet users who surf for information on a cause or the other faced with a huge task of wading through the abundance of trash so as to get credible reports of “real events” and real news. 

It is a cause which recently, unfortunately, Facebook had to bear with a having been charged in the court of public opinion of internet users for furthering the “fake news” trend by bumping it up higher in many Facebook feeds.

In a bid to curtail the outflow of untrustworthy sources, the social media giant sought to a difficult task of experimenting with a new concept which looks like proving to hurt to their unfortunate users.

So what did they do – moving up comments and posts that included the words “fake news” so that disputes against and public questions against articles or posts branded “fake” could be more visible even on new Facebook news feed and pages. A really bad move?

And Then?

What really is “fake news.” To say it backfired would be a very huge understatement. The tech giant who has been at the forefront of many controversial calls like the building/unveiling of their new Andriod phone yet now have another issue to handle. 

At the heart of this issue is something that has confounded the site’s users for ages, namely, that some content gets more “weight” and therefore gets featured highest times, hiding some posts and uploads to certain users either through their AI.

It went from bad to worse for them in this case, that Facebook bumped up comments in their news feed which allegedly to them their users had stated the content was fake news.
Lack of scrutiny? Can’t just get it.

Tech website Engadget made the following statement as follows, “Users included in the test noted that the system was simply promoting comments that included keywords and phrases like “fake” or “lie,” regardless of what the comment was saying. It wasn’t picky about the source stories, either, so you’d see these incredulous statements highlighted on trustworthy articles. 

How believable is this if them (Facebook) are not actually scrutinizing the content of the stories themselves to be able to brand it as either fake or not?”
Point in case!

Moving forward, the current scandal involving paedophilia accusations against the expected winner of Alabama’s Senate seat could be a prime example. As soon as the Washington Post–the very same news outlet who broke the Nixon Watergate scandal and who is owned by billionaire Trump donor Jeff Bezos–released its story on Roy Moore and the women who claim he targeted them when they were mere teenagers, the internet exploded with cries of “fake news”. By Facebook’s logic, those comments would be prioritized in users’ feeds.

While Facebook has put an end to that one, the company says it will continue working to fight back against untruthful, “fake” news despite public uproar from the entire public.

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