Techdirt Podcast Episode 143: No Easy Answers: Facebook & The Election

from the it's-never-so-simple dept

I don't think I need to say much to introduce this week's topic — we're all well aware of the conversation about Facebook's role in the presidential election, including questions of filter bubbles, fake news, foreign influence, and so on and so on. As is always the case in situations like this, a lot of people seem to be looking for easy answers, and easy places to point fingers of blame, so in this week's episode we're discussing why it's just not that simple.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 7 Nov 2017 @ 4:41pm

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    The problem with your analysis is what 'truth' they can 'create' via various and known methodologies. The 'truth' is what one makes the 'truth' to be, see 'fake news' and the ability (or inability) to combat that. Irrefutable evidence is solely dependent upon the 'explainer' of any 'evidence', see prosecutors convicting innocent people over and over again.

    Irrefutable? What is that? The police say x happened, the video says y happened, and it is up to the defense to prove them wrong, which is entirely contrary to the concept of innocent until proven guilty.

    The government is actually a central authority on what they say they are a central authority on. Whether we believe them is another matter entirely.

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