Katy Steinmetz in Time Magazine:
Our inability to parse truth from fiction on the Internet is, of course, more than an academic matter. The scourge of “fake news” and its many cousins–from clickbait to “deep fakes” (realistic-looking videos showing events that never happened)–have experts fearful for the future of democracy. Politicians and technologists have warned that meddlers are trying to manipulate elections around the globe by spreading disinformation. That’s what Russian agents did in 2016, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
Thank you, Facebook.
Oh, speaking of Facebook, Richard Allan, VP of Policy:
We do not… allow content that could physically or financially endanger people, that intimidates people through hateful language, or that aims to profit by tricking people using Facebook
Isn’t all advertising designed to trick us or persuade or manipulate our thinking?
Every policy we have is grounded in three core principles; giving people a voice, keeping people safe, and treating people equitably. The frustrations we hear about our policies — outside and internally as well — come from the inevitable tension between these three principles.
Facebook is a publisher and should behave like a publisher.