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The real reason fake news spreads is because tech companies don't believe in the truth

Posted On: Feb 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The real reason fake news spreads is because tech companies don't believe in the truth

The Big Tech platforms Facebook, Google, and Twitter have made several efforts to combat fake news and abuse.
But they all operate from the standpoint that the open nature of their platforms means they can't be "arbiters of the truth." It's a phrase people working at those companies use often when talking about the problem.
If Big Tech can't or won't work to determine what the truth is, then the abuse and fake news will only continue.
Within hours of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida, screenshots of fake tweets from Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris started to go viral. The tweets showed images of Harris' account that were fudged to look like she was asking people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for photos of dead bodies and whether or not the shooter was white.
In response to a BuzzFeed story on the matter , Twitter said the fake tweets impersonating Harris weren't a violation of its policies, despite the fact that Harris said she was harassed by other Twitter users as the fakes...

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