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Facebook learns their fake news flagging system had opposite effect, switches tactics

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Facebook learns their fake news flagging system had opposite effect switches tactics

In a corrective move that is both unexpected and mildly amusing, Facebook has changed the way it will fight “fake news.” Their recent experience with the “Disputed Flag” proved not only ineffective but at times actually made people more likely to click on a story.

It took an academic study for Facebook to realize the common sense reality that if you tell people not to look at something, many will instantly want to look at it.

Their next attempt to tackle fake news will be to put related articles next to stories that would have been flagged as disputed. This will allow people more context. They will also continue doing what they did originally which is to push anything deemed to be fake news down lower in users’ news feeds. This, they claim, has reduced views by 80% once it happens, but it can often take more than a day.

Here’s the video they put out about it last week:

My Take

I am adamantly opposed to fake news, but I do not trust Facebook to be the gatekeeper, nor do I believe their “reliable fact checkers” like PolitiFact are unbiased. They’re clearly not. The left-leaning organization uses left-leaning fact checkers to keep what they deem as fake out of reach from the general public.

Do we even need gatekeepers at all? To some extent, yes. False reports and incorrect assessments are rampant on the internet and affect both sides of the political aisle. For every alleged instance of right-wing manipulation of the facts, there’s a left-winger pushing in the opposite direction.

The problem is in finding trusted gatekeepers. There really aren’t any, at least not with enough prominence to make a real difference. Until something better emerges, it’s important to remain diligent in promoting the real news. That’s one of the reasons I write for this site.

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

There are many reasons why Thomas Sowell is my favorite conservative thinker. This ideas resonate so clearly with the right mindset. His arguments are practically irrefutable.

This particular quote from whoever runs his Twitter account rings so true today. Mainstream media’s programming has affected both the left and the right, but this component of their onslaught on leftist sensibilities is arguably the biggest problem with the progressive movement today.

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Hilarious video: Bombshell, the beginning of the end, walls closing in, the tipping point

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Hilarious video Bombshell the beginning of the end walls closing in the tipping point

Most leftists remember it like a previous generation remembers when they heard JFK was killed. It was the moment they realized Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Since then, mainstream media has been incessant in their proclamations that his days are numbered.

Perhaps it’s comforting to them to continuously hear about how the latest bombshell means it’s the beginning of the end because the walls are closing in on a presidency that has reached a tipping point. Or something.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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