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James Koole@jameskoole · Product Manager, Hover.com
Where does the list of sites that are deemed "fake news" come from?
Matt Del Signore@delsig · student
@jameskoole yeah this runs a thin line between curating and censorship.
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@jameskoole Agreed.. Hopefully it doesn't come from the list mentioned in this video
Ryan J A Murphy@ryanjamurphy · Student?
Problem is, only people who are conscientious about fake news are liable to use these tools. This leads to a subset of the population who, while "protected" from fake news, but doesn't see what's influencing others. Not necessarily a good thing!
Diogo Afonso@dafonso
@ryanjamurphy Agreed! And mostly conscientious people won't need these tools because if they are, it means they are skeptic enough to question and do fact checks... This kind of tools are good proof-of-concept so that Facebook/Google/etc put their act together...
Harrison Bergeron@harrison_bergeron
The ironic thing about this is that the mainstream media has proven to be consistently biased and dishonest in their coverage, which is why people have sought out alternative sources of news. Do not let anyone tell you that your source of news is 'fake' because it is not approved by the status quo. This is censorship plain and simple.
Harrison Bergeron@harrison_bergeron
It's a brave new world when people allow this sort of thing to happen.
Matt Del Signore@delsig · student
This uses a white list so we're trusting the open source community for what news sources are good. I guess the alternative is to use machine learning to classify fake news. But I guess it's an argument for human bias vs algorithmic error.
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@delsig Hopefully it's not the "whitelist" mentioned here
Tom Bielecki@tombielecki · Cofounder, PrintToPeer
@delsig Google just funded a machine learning startup in the UK that is filtering fake news