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Old 12-02-2019, 13:20   #1
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“I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.”

“I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.”
... In case you’re curious, here’s what it was like to be an official Facebook fact-checker. We were given access to a tool that hooked into our personal Facebook accounts and was accessed that way (strike one, as far as I was concerned) and it spat out a long list of stories that had been flagged for checks. We were free to ignore the list, or mark stories as “true,” “false,” or “mixture.” (Facebook later added a “satire” category after what I like to call "the Babylon Bee incident", where a satirical piece was incorrectly labeled false.)...
... we were being directed toward a certain type of story — and, we presumed, away from others.
What were the algorithmic criteria that generated the lists of articles for us to check? We never knew, and no one ever told us.
There was a pattern to these repeat stories though: they were almost all “junk” news, not the highly corrosive stuff that should have taken priority. We’d be asked to check if a story about a woman who was arrested for leaving her children in the car for hours while she ate at a buffet was true; meanwhile a flood of anti-semitic false George Soros stories never showed up on the list. I could never figure it out why, but perhaps it was a feature, not a bug..."
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018...based-on-a-lie
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Old 13-02-2019, 02:42   #2
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Re: “I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole

Hi, Gord May,

I've been enjoying these threads you've been starting to promote interest in the mechanics of manipulation of the consuming public. My own thoughts are that these issues affect every cruising sailor, as well as folks at large, so I wish you well with your education program. Et, mon ami, que vs. trouvez un etage pour le mostrer. Ecrivez vitement, l'heure est departe.

And thanks for the long chat after I first joined CF.


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