Facebook to rank news by trustworthiness

BreitbartFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed his platform has started to rank news organizations based on “trustworthiness,” with low-ranking sources becoming suppressed.

“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” declared Zuckerberg during a speech at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, with media executives in the audience on Tuesday. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”

So, in other words, Facebook is going to hide the internet from its users, and form a walled garden where you can only get news from approved news sources.

Here's my bottom line: it should be up to individuals to determine what news sources they want to follow, and which news sources they want to trust. Not governments, and not organizations like Facebook. Sure, Facebook censorship is not technically a first amendment problem, because Facebook is not a government organization. But it's absolutely violating the principles of the First Amendment.

But even putting the First Amendment aside, Facebook's core sin is that they thijnk they know better than the people using their platform. They think they can gatekeep; that they can and should decide what other people should see and learn and know. Ultimately, what other people should think. That is Facebook choosing not to persuade, but to coerce.

Ultimately, that choice will destroy them.

This entry was published Fri May 11 09:26:06 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-05-06 00:35:21.0. [Tweet]

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