B.S. Detector

Identify fake news sources on Facebook in Chrome

Chrome ExtensionGolden Kitty 2016

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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I tweeted this an hour ago: I love the internet.
Alex @tpbtv
@rrhoover the articles aren't fake. Nothing can change information.
Tom MasieroHiring@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@tpbtv @rrhoover Paul Joseph Watson throws shade on this "whitelist"
Tom MasieroHiring@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@tpbtv @rrhoover Ben Thompson weighs in as well https://twitter.com/stratechery/...
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
I built this in about an hour yesterday after reading Zuck's BS about not being able to flag fake news sites. Of course you can. It just takes having a spine to call out nonsense. This is just a proof of concept at this point, but it works well enough.
Bo Wang@bluemonk482 · Researcher, AI, NLP
@selfagency May I ask how do you actually detect questionable sources or simply fake news?
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@bluemonk482 I've compiled a list of domains that are well-known sources of fake news, conspiracy theory, innuendo, and unsourced claims. The domains cover the political spectrum from left to right and I have done my absolute best to be impartial in my selections.
Adam Fallon@afallon02 · software engineer
@selfagency @bluemonk482 you should let others tag sources too
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@afallon02 @bluemonk482 anyone can submit a pull request on github
Adam Fallon@afallon02 · software engineer
@selfagency @bluemonk482 not very user friendly / the damage of incorrect news spreads quicker than people can generate PR's. Good work though :)
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@afallon02 @bluemonk482 welp, if i decide to flesh this thing out from more than a proof-of-concept, which i very well may, i will add a feature for people to submit sites to be reviewed and added
Adam Fallon@afallon02 · software engineer
@selfagency @bluemonk482 awesome. Good luck with it :).
Kyle Martin@kyleman2k · VP Product, SnipSnap
@selfagency @bluemonk482 So, essentially, you're just using your own biased opinions to suppress the distribution of alternative opinions? Genius!
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@kyleman2k @bluemonk482 this plugin does not address "opinions." it addresses facts. i wholly reject post-factualism as an acceptable social standard. the list, which is publicly accessible on github, contains sources from the left and right that traffic in unsourced claims, fabulism, innuendo, and conspiracy theory. it does *not* contain sources that are merely the alternative to my own opinion. furthermore, a warning label is *not* censorship and people have every right to know that the source which they are reading has a reputation for publishing false or willfully misleading information.
Kyle Martin@kyleman2k · VP Product, SnipSnap
@selfagency it's not outright censorship, but you have to see why displaying "warnings" on content based only on a list blacklisted domains, curated by humans is problematic and ripe for abuse.
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@kyleman2k people are spreading insane conspiracies and malicious lies that are having devastating impacts on our democracy — while fake news publishers are turning a profit on ad sales — and *labeling it* is the abuse you're more concerned with. ok! a. this is a voluntary plugin. no one is forcing you to use it. b. if facebook did institute such a system, they could easily allow people to opt-in or opt-out of it.
Matthew Hansen@hansenthought · Co-Founder of Chillpill.io
@kyleman2k as long as you have the option to opt in or out its not different than following or unfollowing any other source. One thing that would be a great addition to make it even more transparent, would be to add content or approach it in the same way as something like Politifact. This is fake news because x. Obviously it's a whole new business model with considerable effort, but something id be interested in as an educational platform about what is and is not real journalism.
George Vou@george_vou · COO @ www.adjelly.com
@kyleman2k @selfagency @bluemonk482 It's exactly what Kyle says. Nice try but this isn't the way forward. This is part of Jonathan Pie's awesome post election take down of the human mindset. We think what we know is true, our perspective counts more and we can 'debunk' anything by labelling something a 'questionable source'. Dude, do you know how many things that turned out to be true would never see the light of day if something like this were to be widely used? Nice idea though
DevAlinB@sk_dub · Product, Marketing & Biz Dev
@selfagency Why is InfoWars flagged as suspicious when a ton of data proofs sites like CNN, Huff Post and so on have lost all objectivity
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@sk_dub because cnn and huffpost, despite not being as rigorous in their standards as they once were, are actual news organizations with actual newsrooms and systems of accountability, not one guy sitting behind a desk screaming into youtube that the illuminati is coming to take your guns.
daniel sieradski
Maker
@selfagency · @selfagency
@george_vou @kyleman2k @bluemonk482 this isn't about hampering legitimate independent journalism. i'm an independent journalist. it's not about helping people stay confined to their reality tunnels. i agree we need to be exposed to contrary points of view. rather, it's about easily identifying absolute bullshit from absolute bullshit artists. this notion that everything is subjective and that there is no objective truth is simply nonsense. var this = true; is the above boolean true or false?
DevAlinB@sk_dub · Product, Marketing & Biz Dev
@selfagency I wasn't defending them I was mostly questions the algorithm by which it checks it, as in checks more sites for the same title and shows a rating 35% Positive 65% Negative, something like that
skipmontanaro@skipmontanaro · Software Engineer, TradeLink
@kyleman2k @selfagency Note that plenty of spam filters (think Spamhaus, DNSBL, etc) either started with, or continue to use human reported lists of spam hosts. It's not perfect, but it certainly seems better than nothing.
James Koole@deleted-21562
@selfagency Having the list in the hands of a single person, no matter how pure their intentions might be (and I'm not at all suggesting your's aren't), seems to be dangerous.
Tom MasieroHiring@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@bluemonk482 @selfagency Notice. No comment on your question?
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
ME whenever Trump's surrogates are doing an interview:
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
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Matt Horton@mattahorton · Product Manager, Capital One
https://twitter.com/rrhoover/sta... Because of this tweet, I publicly said the thing that was floating in my head that I wanted to make something like this. Then Daniel chimed in to say he'd already done it. This is what PH and Twitter are great for.