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Facebook of Failing to Aid Inquiry Into ‘Fake News’

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Apparently, our mainstream media and major search engines and even Facebook want to censor politically right-leaning speech. That’s interesting considering that the whole idea of the Internet was to foster free-speech, expression and free-thinking ideas – well, I guess now it still does as long as those messages are left-leaning, politically correct, and progressive.

After the 2016 Presidential Election, many people ask; How come the TV media got it so wrong with the polling results? How come the Internet giants replayed that same message? Why are the major holders of information using extreme propaganda techniques to meld society into some sort of mindless Borg?

Hard to say why, but it is evident that some want to limit the political opposition and march on with the agenda of Sustainability, Political Correctness, Equality, and Global Socialist Mandates to all citizens of the world – including ours. It turns out that Facebook will attempt to eliminate what they consider to be Fake News and allow users to “turn-in” questionable news to be further scrutinized and fact checked. Fact checked by whom?

Simple – fact checked by mainstream media and leftist political hacks. Wow, so much for helping users get at the truth – anything that doesn’t agree with a leftist agenda will be flagged and flogged.

Isn’t this what the left-stream media did during the election? Isn’t that why Hillary Clinton lost even though the Clinton News Network and propaganda machine was working full-tilt to prop her up as the so-called “most qualified” and experienced candidate, while refusing to look into her corruption and the backroom deals to defeat her opponents like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump?

Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg the (so-called) founder of Facebook a huge Democrat Party supporter? Are we to really believe that such a fact checking scheme is going to deliver us ‘real news’ – you know like all that BS from the Cable TV mainstream news during the election?

It’s pretty obvious that if Facebook is able to quell right-wing political dissent toward the global socialist elite and Democrats then maybe they might have a chance in future elections. Realize too that Mark Zuckerberg has political aspirations himself, and Donald Trump just showed him how it is done.

Face it Facebook is about to censor our news and pick and choose what we read. So, I think we should demand that Facebook list all the news that they put into the Fake News junk box and users should have the opportunity to subscribe to only that which Facebook doesn’t like, because in the end that is where the real news will be based on this scheme of theirs.

AI can check fake news, yes or no?


Can AI Combat Fake News? The phenomena of “fake news” may have captured the imagination of Americans during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and the later investigation of Russia’s attempts to swing the election to Donald Trump using fake news on Facebook among other schemes.

The truth is that fake or phoney news has been around as a tool for a while and by many to spread propaganda and conspiracy theories for many years prior to the 2016 election. Websites including InfoWars and Brietbart among others have been spreading fake news that supports their agendas.

However, it has become a political and societal issue since the election and poor Facebook has become the poster child of websites that fell for the scheme.

Recently the social media company has admitted to its mistakes and has tried to make things right with their subscribers. It is now flagging phoney news articles that are going to Facebook members via their news feed. It is using AI to achieve this.

The company is using AI to identify words or phrases that might signify that an article is actually fake. The data for this task is based on the articles that Facebook members have flagged individually as being bogus stories.

The technology is currently using four methods to spot fake news. They include: Score Web Pages. First to use this technique was Google. It uses facts to create a score for websites. Obviously, scoring websites is an act in progress. Yet, as Google has been doing it, the technology has grown significantly.
Weigh Facts. This method is using natural language processing engines to review the subject matter of stories. AI using other models finds out if other sites are reporting the same facts.

Predict Reputation. This technique is based on AI using predictive analytics and machine learning to forecast the reputation of websites by considering a number of features including domain name and Alexa web rank.
Discover Sensational Words. Fake news proponents have used sensational headlines to grab the interest of a potential audience. This technique discovers and flags fake news headlines using keyword analytics.
The actual detection of these types of articles by AI is a difficult endeavor. Of course, the analysis of big data is involved, but it also concerns data veracity. Identifying it is actually involved with determining the truth of the data.

Facebook fake News

This can be done using the method of weighing facts. What happens if a fake news article appears on hundreds of websites at the same time?

Under this circumstance, using the technique of weighing facts may cause AI to determine that the story is legitimate. Perhaps using the method of predict reputation in conjunction with weighing facts can help, but there still could be problems. For example, reliable news source websites that don’t take the time to verify a news story could pick it up assuming that it is true.

It’s obvious that using AI to identify these articles needs more development. A number of organizations are involved in enhancing AI’s capability. One such establishment that is involved is West Virginia University.

The Reed College of Media in cooperation with the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources of West Virginia University has created a course that is focused on using AI to identify phoney news articles.

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