Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook

2017-10-10 09:26
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Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it. And it's often at the worst possible times.

In the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Facebook's "Crisis Response" page for the attack featured a false article misidentifying the gunman and claiming he was a "far left loon".

Google promoted a similarly erroneous item from the anonymous prankster site 4chan in its "Top Stories" results. YouTube featured a conspiracy video prominently in searches for news on the shooting.

None of these stories were true. The companies quickly purged offending links and tweaked their algorithms favor more authoritative sources. But their work is incomplete.

Online services designed to engross readers aren't so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out.

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