Google and Facebook took steps on November 14 to ban “fake news” content publishers from generating a cut of advertising revenues through Google AdSense and Facebook Audience Network, a move that “disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites.”
Breitbart News reported shortly after the November 8 election that the left blamed Donald Trump’s victory on Facebook’s unwillingness to stop the proliferation of “fake news” that spread “blatantly inaccurate information” about Hillary Clinton regarding Benghazi, emails and the probability of her being indicted by the FBI.
A chorus of established mainstream media outlets has been demanding Facebook and Google change their algorithms so that populist candidates, like Donald Trump, cannot have a “cheap megaphone” to use “fake news” convert new people into followers.
BuzzFeed claimed its investigation of fake news found 38 percent of posts shared from three large right-wing politics pages on Facebook included “false or misleading information,” while three large left-wing pages did so less than 20 percent of the time. Buzzfeed added that it found 140 fake news sites from Macedonia that supported Trump.
According to a new report from Gizmodo, Facebook took “steps to suppress fake news earlier this year,” despite knowing it would have “disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrading or removing that content from people’s feeds.”
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