The Lie Detector Test

Facebook has been in the spotlight over the past six months receiving negative attention from politicians, the press, and the public. Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based data analytics firm, confessed to planting fake news on Facebook to sway election results across the globe. With 87 million users’ personal information leaked to a third-party app, the public […]

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Fake News

People verbalize that they want free speech, but they only want free speech if it is similar to their way of thinking. While eliminating fake news is crucial to finding the truth, it is imperative that we address this issue, rather than just trying to engage in civic discourse.  I define civic discourse as citizens […]

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Facebook’s Role

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When Facebook was founded, it was designed to be a social network for college students. Nearly 15 years later, it has become so much more than just a space to connect with friends – it is a source of information. Ask any college class how they get their news, and chances are at least one response will be “Facebook,” but how can we trust that the information we see posted and shared is authentic? The truth is, we can’t.

Sure, Facebook can (and should) crack down on foreign influence on its site, but even removing all foreign content will not ensure that all content is 100% authentic. Think about it: how many times have you seen that one of your Facebook friends shared an article that seems too outrageous to be true, only to debunk it with a quick Google search? This content doesn’t have to be foreign propaganda to be harmful – domestic groups are just as capable of influencing the public to take hateful stances. This post from Twitter User @kristinaxb describes the prevalence of these hateful posts:

The problem is that Facebook has labeled itself an information source, which means that its executives have an obligation to ensure that its users are receiving authentic information. In this thread, Twitter user @trekonomics evaluates different tech companies’ roles as public goods, Facebook included:

So how can Facebook properly function as an information source and become a public good? My answer has nothing to do with making the platform more authentic. In fact, my answer is completely different –  I believe that Facebook should return to its roots as a social network, and let other platforms take the lead in information.

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Avoiding Fake News

Scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I often question which posts are reliable or not. It is not the posts from “The New York Times” or “The Huffington Post” that make me question Facebook’s credibility, but instead posts from “UNILAD” or “Everything News.” Especially with recent allegations against Facebook for foreign influence operations through their […]

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