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Mark Zuckerberg is planning to battle "fake news" on Facebook by surveying users to determine which news sources are "broadly trusted," in other words the news you'll see will based on a popularity contest.
By using such a methodology, we can assume sites which report uncomfortable, politically incorrect truths will be demoted, while sites which reprint popular, politically correct lies and tell people what they want to hear will be promoted.
As Reuters reports, Mark Zuckerberg is planning to keep the results of the surveys secret: "Facebook said it did not plan to release the survey results because they will represent an incomplete picture of how a story's position in a person's feed is determined."
We can't have independent researchers pouring over our data and methodology, now can we?
Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook last Friday:
Continuing our focus for 2018 to make sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent...The problem is not just with the methodology, but the entire premise.
The world is divided. Leftists particularly are becoming exceedingly fanatical, extreme, far-left lunatics as a recent Pew Research survey found.
Leftists want news from left-wing outlets and right-wingers want news from right-wing outlets. The only "broadly trusted" news sources are sources people don't know anything about, don't read, and don't ever watch, such as PBS (which is state-funded, left-wing propaganda).
Note, if you want to get around this BS you can click the "Follow" button on a Facebook page you like and then click "See First" instead of "Default."
It's not a perfect solution, but Facebook appears to be moving to an exclusively cat video based news feed in the interest of preventing Trump's reelection and helping people protect their fee-fees.
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