Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.
The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.”
Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse.
Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.
Facebook collects lots of seemingly public information about its users — where they went to school, their home town — and so on. But they drill much, much deeper into individual users’ lives than the “social network” lets on.
Some people once referred to Twitter as the new telegraph. But relative to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, its star has considerably dimmed with digital publishers.
Subhed: “Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but passed explosive allegations along.”
While fake news appears to have been mostly directed at Donald Trump supporters and other conservatives, those same people are trying to turn the “fake news” phrase into a weapon against the mainstream media.
Subhed: “Journalists are blurring several problems into one—and making it impossible to solve.” The solution lies in limiting the definition of fake news.