Filter Feeders

With trust completely burnt-through, this kind of initiative just sounds like the draft for a new flexible totalitarianism:

Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks. […] First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network to share information on best practices for journalism in the online age. […] Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, said the partner network will help advance the organization’s goal of improving news online and on social networks. […] “Filtering out false information can be hard. Even if news organizations only share fact-checked and verified stories, everyone is a publisher and a potential source,” she said in a blog post. […] “We are not going to solve these problems overnight, but we’re certainly not going to solve them as individual organizations.” […] Sargent said the coalition will develop training programs and “a collaborative verification platform,” as well as a voluntary code of practice for online news.

The UF guess — People will want to kill any organization that gets involved even faster.

3 thoughts on “Filter Feeders

  1. most of the things I read in the internet are personal opinions and personal blogs. unless they truly limit freedom of speech across the board, they will only hurt the already half-deceased “mainstream media”. it will be a fun death to watch.

  2. “everyone is a publisher” can’t believe we’re a “platform” not a publisher facebook is happy with this characterization….

  3. The flipside is ‘Friends of Privacy’ as mapped out in V. Vinge’s ‘Rainbows End’. Ubiquitous disinformation to ‘protect’ individuals from a world of complete transparency.

    “The popular press had built an enormous pile of speculation around the events at UCSD, and Friends of Privacy lies surrounded and embedded those speculations with conspiracies unending. The rumors contaminated everything and everyone associated with that night. Robert had dredged the public record — first to try to discover what had happened to him that night under UCSD, and then to see what people thought had happened. ”

    The other flipside is the ‘tapeworm’ concept developed by Brunner in his 1975 ‘Shockwave Rider. … pervasive on the net; cannot be removed without collapsing the entire system.

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