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Fake News on Facebook

    Not everything you read on Facebook is true. Even Mark Zuckerberg, has acknowledged that they have a problem with people posting news that is not exactly news. The POTUS has made comments about fake news and many of the liberal community think that the fake news affected the recent election results.

President Barack Obama joined the liberal chorus of criticizing "fake news" suggesting that the so-called fact-free journalism spread on social media was part of the reason why Democrats lost in the 2016 election. Obama on Fake news. (Obama on Fake news)

    I previously posted a joke article about blocking political comments in various forms of social media as well as the normal news feeds. It was not blocked but few people bothered to read it. They must have had their own Poli_Block Filter. (Poli_block)

    Have you ever wondered how Facebook and Twitter make their money? They get paid for bringing an audience to various advertisers. When you click on an outrageous headline or a link promising to make you rich, beautiful or successful they get a small stipend from the advertiser. It is called pay by click.

This isn't a unique observation, but it's a crucial one: If you're not paying for the product, the product is you. The real transaction here isn't you receiving enjoyment in the form of a free temporary distraction created by a media company at great expense, but rather, that media company renting your eyeballs to its advertisers. (How social media earns money)

    In researching this article, I was surprised how may hits I got for a 'fake news on social media' search. I just assumed that everybody knew that the memes were over exaggerated caricatures, which contain a small kernel of truth but a large dose of hyperbole. My research was prompted by several friends, who felt that I needed to see every meme that was ever posted on Occupy Democrats or Patriot Journal.

    So the next time you see a headline that makes you want to click on it and see what the secret to the universe is, just be aware it is nothing more than "renting your eyeballs to its advertisers."


Regardless of who was your champion in this past presidential election: Will you recognize the duly elected leader of the Free World?
  I will never recognize President Donald J. Trump because he is not worthy.
  I will recognize President Donald J. Trump, providing he respects the office in which he holds.
  "At this point, what difference does it make?"
89 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


( November 26th, 2016 @ 7:35 am )
MSNBC does provide comic relief for many but I doubt that any of its dedicated watchers feel the same about Fox.

My litmus test for an open mind:

"When was the last time you changed your opinion on a subject?"

It was the only lesson I learned from my college course in Political Science, which i might add was not at Emory.
( November 25th, 2016 @ 3:29 pm )
I do watch MSNBC for the relative comic relief.

One needs to keep perspective in today's society.
( November 22nd, 2016 @ 2:00 pm )
Sabe and Stan, I think both sides tend to use the low information crowd to their best advantage. That is to be expected in politics because propaganda works. If FB and G can customize the ads they present to users based user interactions they can also customize the facts presented based on FB and G preferences.

Thomas Jefferson probably had it right when he said "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization. It expects what never was and never will be."

People who refuse to watch Fox or MSNBC are proof that the bubble is alive and well. Each is a circle unto themselves. My question is whether they is any overlap or are they just mutually exclusive.

( November 22nd, 2016 @ 12:03 pm )
Alex sent me this link: beaufortcountynow.com

This is the Liberal's paradise where only liberal "fake news" qualifies as acceptable.
( November 22nd, 2016 @ 11:47 am )
Good point S(h)abe.
( November 22nd, 2016 @ 11:22 am )
I think there is a decent argument to be made that nonfactual 'news' stories swayed the election, and both sides were taking part in this propaganda method (as for whom was worse, you draw your own conclusions.) I do not think that Facebook and Google are talking about the articles written by puppet journalists for the Clinton Foundation, the manufactured crises, or general misinformation which happens to help reinforce their political stances. That is what I find unsettling. Another thing I find unsettling is that people are getting news from memes, but that's another tragedy.

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