Mittwoch, 31. August 2016

Three days after removing human editors, Facebook is already trending fake news

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/08/29/a-fake-headline-about-megyn-kelly-was-trending-on-facebook/

The headline, which was visible to anyone who hovered over Megyn Kelly's name on the Trending list, refers to the Fox News personality as a "traitor" and claims that the cable channel has "Kick[ed] her out for backing Hillary." (They have not.)

[Humans are no longer required to describe Facebook's Trending topics]

The article was featured prominently as the top news story on Facebook about Megyn Kelly as of Monday morning, until her name disappeared from the Trending list about 9:30 a.m. The story is far down the rabbit hole of junk information, a typo-ridden aggregation of an aggregation about a clash of personalities between Kelly and Bill O'Reilly.