Facebook continues its battle against clickbait, will start curating individual posts and pages

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  • Omar

    This is censorship. Who decides what is and isn’t “fake news”, anyway? You ask different people and you’ll get different answers. These aren’t issues that require curating… Clickbait is fairly easy to spot and if you don’t want to read it, don’t click it.

    • Jason

      It’s not censorship if it’s actually fake, now censoring satire would be a problem. What Facebook wants to do is limit pages or articles that say stuff like Kim Jong Un is a really great guy who cares for his people, and the article trys to prove that with stuff that is just made up. People will then see that and odds are they won’t fact check so they will assume it’s real and that’s how you get propaganda. If they start censoring things like The Onion which makes fun of current events (while mentioning numerous time that it’s fake) then we have a problem because they are then promoting propaganda or choosing a political side.

    • Omar

      Censorship is censorship. It doesn’t just become censorship when they ban things you like and not censorship when they ban things you hate. And again, who’s to decide what is “fake news”? If you don’t want to read something on the internet, then don’t read it. It’s literally as simple as that.

    • Jason

      If it really was as simple as “don’t read it” we wouldn’t have a problem. The problem is people will search for news that they agree with which sometimes is false, but it agrees with them so they share it and the fake spreads. A prime example I can think of is “morning show topics” a number of morning shows will take an article that they think their audience will like and talk about it. MSNBC did this a few months ago where one morning they talked about how good coffee was for you, then 3 weeks later they talked about how bad it was for you, all because some website posted the article and they picked it up without review. Or even Dr. Oz, his TV show was so out of control he was a few steps away from telling you how you can cure cancer with lemonade. He has a license and was told by a court he had to stop his TV show and go back to being a doctor for a bit and all because the fake stuff brought in more views even if it put people live in danger.

    • Omar

      But is that really a problem? If people want to search things that validate their perspective on the world why is that a problem? Why do you or I care? We all do it. Is this such a problem that it should allow the doors of censorship to be opened? I’d say no.

    • Stephen_81

      Sorry but Facebook is a controlled environment anyway, it has not been about free speech and free sharing of ideas EVER. They harvest information and give you information based on what they think you will want to see. This is just them continuing to do that.

    • Omar

      Mark Zuckerberg, 2015: Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. We follow the laws in each country, but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.

      You were saying?

  • Stephen_81

    Simply give users the ability to flag a article as “fake news” easily and it will greatly speed up the process of figuring out who is doing it.
    BUT it will hurt Facebooks bottom line since my rare use of facebook makes pretty much every sponsored post a clickbate or fake news post about someone winning a bingo or something by playing some online game

    • Jason

      Very true but if enough people flag those Facebook will eventually stop sponsoring those and in the short terms yes will hurt profits but in the long term having good ads will increase traffic and clicks, it’s why we don’t see flashing “won an iPad” ads anymore

  • XY

    this could also have something to do about ad revenue by limiting external links to keep you on their FB page. I noticed now that stuff like even “Ellen” videos have built in ads that all my purchased adblock (Adguard) and FB Purity cannot catch.