Ban on “Fake News” : What is fake?

Ban on “Fake News” : What is fake?
The Google logo adrons the entrance of Google Germany headquarters in Hamburg, Germany July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc. announce measures aimed at stopping "fake news" on the internet, Some call it censorship.

  • Both entities say they will be targeting how some purveyors of phony content make money through advertising. 
  • Google says it will use its AdSense advertising network, while Facebook updated its advertising policies to include "fake news". 
  • Google, Facebook and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) face a backlash over the role they may have played in the U.S. presidential election. 
  • The company did not detail how it would implement or enforce the new policy.
  • Facebook has been widely accused for allowing the spread of misinformation by those opposing President elect Donald Trump and his victory on Election Day. 
  • Zuckerberg has rejected the notion that Facebook influenced the outcome of the election or that "fake news" is a major problem. 
  • The measures taken by Google and Facebook raise eyebrows for alternative media outlets claiming to uncover what the mainstream media does not. 
  • It is still unclear how the internet giants will determine what's fake and what's real news, and how long it will take to do so before information has gone viral. 


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