Fake news: too much information, and not all of it is reliable
Another problem of social networks is the publication of dubious information. Most of her attention is paid to Facebook. The resource announced the start of the fight against fake news in 2015.
The problem was especially noticeable during the last presidential election in the United States. The social network of Mark Zuckerberg was accused of promoting the fake news, she helped Donald trump win. One of the complaints was the dissemination of false information. Zuckerberg said blaming the resource for this was insane, however, under pressure he pleaded guilty.
Now, under a link to a third-party site, Facebook indicates information about the resource. Click “About this site” to find out what kind of site it is and what its information agenda is. Users can complain about the post for disseminating false information, after which it is checked by independent experts certified by the International Fact-checking Network.
Instagram in August this year provided users with the opportunity to inform moderators of questionable content, after which experts will study it and make an appropriate decision.
“We are investing a lot of money to limit the dissemination of questionable information in our applications,” said social network spokesman Stephanie Otway. In the near future, other tools to combat fake news will appear on the resource. In particular, artificial intelligence will monitor the accuracy of the information.
WhatsApp messenger also fights with fake news, though this case is an exception, since there is another reason to deal with unverified information. The messenger is popular in India, cases of lynching of people due to the spread of unconfirmed information in correspondence have become more frequent in the country.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Indians have recently started using information technology, so they are poorly oriented in applications. As part of the fight against fake news, WhatsApp added a mark to the forwarded message, limited its number per day, published a series of instructions for identifying fake news.
The situation is ambiguous. Facebook has already been accused that the fake news story is an attempt to coordinate the media and block content company that is objectionable, rather than removing false information.
The fight against fake news and copyright is an attempt to regulate so far poorly controlled user content. These stories are much more confusing, like any that states intervene in. They need a more detailed assessment of the situation and careful actions, otherwise you can disrupt the operation of resources.
Social networks are being reformed. Perhaps in the near future the principles of evaluating the quality of content or blocking will change. The truth is not clear in which direction open areas are developing.