Mark, My Words

“Everyone, Facebook included, wants to find a way out of the mess generated by every voice having a publishing platform. But what if there is no way out of it?” That’s Alexis Madrigal responding to Mark Zuckerberg’s comments about Holocaust denial on Facebook. “It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly.” (Long story short, Mark Zuckerberg can’t be trusted as an editor of our news. Being good at building a social network has nothing to do with being smart about other things. We really need to learn that lesson. And we can’t leave this issue up to a machine either. News is too important to be sorted by an algorithm.)

+ Kara Swisher’s full interview with Zuckerberg is a worth a listen.

+ “False news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in every category of information, sometimes by an order of magnitude, and false political news traveled farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than any other type.” HBR reports on their very interesting study: Truth Disrupted.

+ WaPo’s Monica Hesse with an anecdote that leads to the question of our times. “How do you address beliefs when they’re not rooted in reality? How do you tell someone, I’m trying to treat your fears seriously, but your facts don’t exist? How, as individuals, and how, as a country?”

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