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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    mermaldad (profile), 8 Nov 2017 @ 4:35am

    Not Perfect, But...

    It seems to me that there could be an algorithm that polls users about ads, news stories, and links to form a consensus of whether the item is true. Then the algorithm could frame the ad based on this rating. Everyone is still able to click on it if they want to, but at least they have been warned. The algorithm could weight the opinions of users based on their past history to reduce the chance of errors due to someone gaming the system or general ignorance.

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