Designing mindful machines

Jason Tan Crunch Network Contributor Jason Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Sift Science. He’s also held leadership and engineering roles at BuzzLabs, Optify and Zillow. How to join the networkFacebook recently fired the entire Trending Topics team of human editors amid accusations they were promoting specific agendas and biasing what news was deemed “important.” Now the company is relying on machine learning algorithms to manage Trending Topics — and finding that keeping the results free of hoaxes and fake news isn’t always easy. The social media giant recently assured an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt that it was working on new technology that would help prevent untrue or satirical stories from being labeled as legitimate news we should follow. But even that move can’t seem to win the public’s trust.…

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