Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proved this week that he is learning the wrong lessons from his time under the national grill. Determined to distance himself from the liberal accusation that his platform somehow swung the election to Donald Trump by providing a home for fake news and Russian propaganda – to say nothing of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco – Zuckerberg told an audience of media executives this week that he has a new system in place.
According to BuzzFeed (which was in attendance and will undoubtedly be one of those news sources benefitting from the new system), Facebook will now rank news organizations based on their “trustworthiness.” Those with a high amount of trust will see their social media stature grow while those ranked lowly will watch their visibility erode.
“We put the data into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” Zuckerberg said on Tuesday. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further break down polarization and find common ground.”
BuzzFeed mentioned that among those news outlets in attendance were “representatives from BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York Post, and others.”
We’re guessing “others” did not include Breitbart, The Daily Caller, National Review, RedState, Drudge Report, or Fox News. So you can already take a guess about which sites will quickly fall victim to the “suppression” that Zuckerberg boasted of.
The Facebook CEO also claimed that he was ready to invest billion on a system that would use “a combination of artificial intelligence and tens of thousands of human moderators to keep both fake news and deliberate propaganda at bay, especially in elections.”
But something tells us that our definition of “deliberate propaganda” will not match that of Facebook’s.