Will Facebook’s Fake-News Detection System Lead to Censorship?

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 By Bill Boyarsky   Christopher / CC BY-SA 2.0 Facebook’s application for Patent 0350675 is either a smart method to use artificial intelligence to root out fake news or a potentially dangerous way of imposing censorship on muckraking media and political satire. The threat of censorship is especially worrisome now that the search for fake news is becoming automated, with computers guided by artificial intelligence aiding human censors. Facebook is a leader. It has applied for a patent for a computer device that would have the capability of sweeping through Facebook posts, searching for keywords, sentences, paragraphs or even the way a story .The computer would spot content that “includes objectionable material.” This vague phrase seems to leave the door open for Facebook to censor opinion or…

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