Facebook to Start Blocking Fake News Pages from Advertising on the Social Site 9/1/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Bad news for the fake news media and the clickbait websites. Starting Monday Facebook will block pages that share a lot of fake news from advertising at all on the social site. In a blog post Facebook said that pages that repeatedly share fake news will be blocked from advertising if the stories are flagged by a third party fact-checker, but the ban can be lifted if the page stops sharing fake news.

My question is who are these third party fact-checkers? Can they be trusted? Do they have a political bias? Or are they fake fact-checkers that only care about allowing stories that fit their politics? What if a major news website publishes a story they don’t like? Will they flag it as fake news, just because they don’t like the website’s political slant?

My guess is that a lot of publishers that aren’t fake news will probably be flagged, so hopefully they will have an appeal process that will allow those pages to still advertise.

This story is a little concerning to me because it shows how much power Facebook has about what we see and don’t see and that should be something everyone is concerned about. When you have a website that has a billion users, that gives them a lot of power and influence that must be kept in check and we must hold them responsible that they aren’t blocking legit stories just because it doesn’t fit their political agenda.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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https://www.recode.net/2017/8/28/16215622/facebook-block-publishers-advertising-ads-fake-news-zuckerberg

 

Posted on August 31, 2017 .