Facebook chose to fight fake news with AI, not just user reports

Advertisement Facebook built two versions of a fix for clickbait this year, and decided to trust algorithmic machine learning detection instead of only user behavior, a Facebook spokesperson tells TechCrunch. Today Facebook was hit with more allegations its distribution of fake news helped elect Donald Trump. A new Gizmodo report saying Facebook shelved a planned update earlier this year that could have identified fake news because it would disproportionately demote right-wing news outlets. Facebook directly denies this, telling TechCrunch “The article’s allegation is not true. We did not build and withhold any News Feed changes based on their potential impact on any one political party.” However, TechCrunch has pulled more details from Facebook about the update Gizmodo discusses. Back in January 2015, Facebook rolled out an update designed to combat hoax…


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