Facebook Tests “Context” Button To Fight Fake News

TechCrunch reports:

Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel.

“People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager Sara Su tells TechCrunch. “They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible.”

This box will display the start of a Wikipedia entry about the publisher and a link to the full profile, which could help people know if it’s a reputable, long-standing source of news…or a newly set up partisan or satire site. It will also display info from their Facebook Page even if that’s not who posted the link, data on how the link is being shared on Facebook, and a button to follow the news outlet’s Page.

  • another_steve

    Go away, Facebook.

    You and your 30 pictures of my great-nephew finger-painting in my niece’s living room.

    • Ernest Endevor

      That sounds adorable! Share?

      • Treant

        I know, right? I love seeing photos of my nieces, and people’s pets, and friends’ children. Nobody forces me to click on it if I’m not in the mood to see more!

        • Todd Allis

          My great nieces and nephews are adorable. Also there are pictures of cats on Facebook, including mine!

      • m_lp_ql_m

        I know, I too read that as “30 pictures of my great-nephew fingering my niece in the living room.”

        • Ernest Endevor

          Dude.

          • m_lp_ql_m

            He didn’t say how old they were.

          • bambinoitaliano
          • greenmanTN

            Not a clue what that is but I like it!

          • Danieruw

            It looks like a tamandua, which is a kind of anteater.

          • greenmanTN

            I got that part, but why is it dressed in clothes and chasing a kangaroo? Inquiring minds want to know!

          • vorpal 😼

            I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here, but it’s cute, and the fact that it is happening in someone’s house and involves clothing is even more surreal and amusing.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Cautious Wallaby vs Lemme Hug Anteater. Patiently obvious

          • vorpal 😼

            As a Canadian, I am more used to Aggressively Nipping Beaver chasing down Honking Canadian Goose Wearing Snowsuit.

            This is new material for me!

        • another_steve

          Are you on your second martini, too?

          • m_lp_ql_m

            Second second second.

    • PickyPecker

      Just delete your account and be free. The way I figure it, if these postings were so ‘cute’ or so ‘moving’ or ‘important’ then send me a picture that I can frame (or an email with a decent pixel image I can print). better yet…..send me the picture IN a frame!

      • another_steve

        Thank you.

        They have these amazing web companies today whereby you electronically send them your photos and in five days you receive in the mail an album of them, complete with pop-up dinosaurs and skyscrapers as you turn the pages.

        The wife of one of my nephews sends us those from time to time.

        • Billanddogs

          That sounds fascinating, but I couldn’t find anything when I Googled it, probably because I don’t really understand the concept. Any company names or links?

          • RMJ

            I have more photo-books from our various vacations than anyone really needs – my Mom loves to give them as Christmas presents. I have a stack of them on the coffee table – on the plus side, they make it easy to share photo’s with friends that come over and you want to share your vacation photos without worrying about them swiping too far on your phone and seeing the money shots (if you catch my drift ;o)

            https://www.shutterfly.com/

          • Billanddogs

            Thanks. It looks interesting.

          • another_steve

            Google “online photo album,” Bill.

            Tons of these companies out there.

          • Billanddogs

            Thanks. I’ll check into it.

    • vorpal 😼

      I love you, another_steve, but tired of the Facebook hate here.

      If you don’t like it, don’t use it. Telling us how much you don’t use it is not much different from those people who love to smugly tell everyone how they have chosen not to have a TV.

      In my experience, most anti-Facebookers are hypocrites who have plenty of other social media accounts, like Twitter, Disqus, etc. For some usually arbitrary reason, Facebook is just one step too far.

      I’m not crazy about Facebook, but it is incredibly useful and has allowed me to reconnect with a lot of people from my past that I otherwise never would have had to ability to find. It is the one social media platform that almost everybody I know uses, so it is a convenient means to interact, share information, and set up plans.

      And if you’re concerned (probably rightfully) about privacy issues, there is no requirement for you to provide Facebook with any information other than your name, pretty much. Anything else you disclose / share is a personal decision.

      • j.martindale

        To each his own, but “blech.” If there is anything important, call me or e-mail. If it can wait, write me long hand. And as far as sharing my life with others, I admit my life is no longer interesting. No need to share the urologic problems of this old man with the rest of the world.

        • vorpal 😼

          I understand what you’re saying, but if I were to opt to NOT use Facebook, I would be inconveniencing the people in my life by forcing them to use other means to invite me to events or set up plans with me. Most people I know make plans through Facebook or WhatsApp (see below), which is why even if I was more opposed to Facebook, I would just create a dummy empty account for this kind of thing. (And that is something that some people I know have done.)

          In Chile, most of South America, and much of the world, a majority of people use the cell app WhatsApp to send text messages, phone each other, send pictures, etc. It’s free, and it’s owned by Facebook, too.

          It’s to the point where you can’t even conduct business here if you don’t use WhatsApp. Despite the blatantly obvious privacy issues, most doctors here require that you use WhatsApp to set up appointments with them or send them requests for prescription refills. They communicate with each other to give referrals or ask for patient information through WhatsApp.

          Indeed, I order a number of things from Santiago and all business is conducted through WhatsApp.

          That is way more information than I want Facebook to have about me, but my refusal to use it would preclude me from participating in many aspects of regular life, unfortunately.

          I am sure that your life is more interesting than you give yourself credit for, j.martindale. 🙂

          • netxtown

            My rejection of FB has more to do with the forever opt-out, cya, buried personal and security cluster fuck. I get it that we all come into this world stark nekked – but Zuck wasn’t invited for my delivery. But then, all of them do it. Microsoft, Adobe, hell even Firefox wants data, data, data. It’s draining, and I’m just fucking tired of being ‘data’. And while he is still wildly popular, the character was retired years ago.

            But – folks who dare use it and present their real selves – are then wide open to all kinds of mal-freaks who twist and turn shit to embarass, humiliate, impersonate – and the list goes on. Sure, it is dog-eat-dog out there….but it’s more like the pirates have taken over the seas and all the ports of call. A ride on the big red boat almost guarantees a fuck over of some kind. “Be aware” they say. No, you have to be “on guard” – and I don’t own a gun, nor do I want to.

          • vorpal 😼

            Good points all around. Having to opt out is a huge frustration and opting in should be the requirement.

            (As a related aside, this is exactly why I don’t like Windows: the mindset for software developed for Windows, especially during installation of any application, is that you have to be vigilant and keep opting out of changing file extension default associations, and opting out of installing other bundled crap which is usually some kind of malware, and opting out of submitting information automatically to the company, etc.)

            When I go to a site where my ad blocker doesn’t work for whatever reason, or I’m forced to turn it off to access a site, targeted ads make it obvious how disturbingly much we are boiled down to consumer data.

            I do post a fair bit to Facebook. It is always friends-only, but I know that that is just a small privacy protection speed bump, really. My philosophy is that I don’t post anything that I wouldn’t tell a coworker, which is probably good because I have a lot of coworkers on my Facebook friends list.

            Thanks for sharing that, and hope you are having a good day despite the quagmire of bad news we have had to face today, @netxtown:disqus!

          • netxtown

            I got one last question. Where the hell were you when I was in my 20-30’s? I s’pose you were already taken by then! 🙂

          • vorpal 😼

            When were you in your 20s – 30s?
            Ha… I did get married at 26, and even though I enjoy being single, from the age of 19 on, I seldom was because I kept meeting interesting guys!

      • Gustav2

        “… allowed me to reconnect with a lot of people from my past that I otherwise never would have had to ability to find.”

        There is a reason ‘those people’ are in my past! LOL

        • vorpal 😼

          Ha! I agree with this in many cases, but some people just fall by the wayside or mysteriously vanish.

          Facebook has, on more than a couple occasions, let me know if someone is okay or something serious has happened to them.

          • Mark

            I don’t go on FB much, but, through it, I was able to get word out I was alive after Irma. Had it not been for FB, it would’ve been near impossible with the horrid cell service afterward.

            I was able to reach one friend and asked them to post on my timeline.

          • vorpal 😼

            I bet your loved ones really appreciated that.
            Thanks for sharing that and showing that Facebook does have a wide range of uses, some of them quite legitimate.

            After we had the famous September 2015 earthquake that measured an 8.3 and was very close to me which resulted in a tsunami that destroyed many buildings, sImilarly, I was able to – with a single post – broadcast to a lot of worried loved ones that I was perfectly safe.

            Some people just flippantly dismiss Facebook with a, “Fucking Facebook!” or, “Facebook is shit!”

            These are usually the people who have never even tried Facebook and thus are about as qualified to speak about its myriad uses as Donald Trump is qualified to speak about LGBT rights and hot, delicious, ass pounding cock sucking gay sex.

            If you’re completely ignorant on a subject, STFU if you have no intention of actually informing yourself. This is a good lesson to myself as well.

            And VERY glad to hear you managed to make it through Irma! Love reading your comments here. You are a truly valued member of JMG, at least to me.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        There’s nothing wrong with social media. It’s just a tool like any other. (I don’t understand the hate for Grindr either.) The hate here is for the people who are using the tool incorrectly.

        • vorpal 😼

          For most people here, probably yes. Lots of people here use Facebook, and I have at least a couple dozen JMGers on my Facebook friends list. I agree with disseminating information about Facebook and the possible dangers / issues around it.

          There is, however, a contingent of JMGers who just have a sneer at the mention of Facebook and need to tell you every time it’s mentioned how they don’t use it.

          Those are the people to which I’m referring.

          • Gustav2

            The in-laws have taken to using Facebook for all family news, who is in the hospital, evites, obits, just about everything.

            It is all posted via their smartphones, of course.

      • Todd Allis

        I, for one, (smug voice) got rid of my TV when it went all-digital, wasn’t using it much anyway! (/smug voice)
        As far as Facebook…

        https://www.facebook.com/toddashi
        I find it very helpful for cat pictures, reconnecting with old friends, cat videos, and cat pictures.

      • jerry

        Yes, I use it to connect to people and occasionally message them. But for the past 3 or 4 years, I can’t stand to actually scroll through my homepage thread…between the people who post every minute detail of their lives, to the right-wing asshole posts, I stay away for mental health.

      • another_steve
        • vorpal 😼

          Shameless little hussy flirt! 😽

      • JCF

        Disqus is social media?! [Quick, must stick cat videos on my profile page! O_o ]

  • Tawreos

    If the thing in your newsfeed is all it takes to convince you of something then you are not the type of person that wants more information.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    A link to Snopes would be helpful too.

    • MikeBx2

      That’s what’s frustrating. With just a little extra effort the truthfulness of most news can be somewhat determined. But people are too lazy to do that. If they like what it says, they believe it.

    • Todd Allis

      I talked to a woman who didn’t trust Snopes because of their “liberal bias.”

      • Judas Peckerwood

        She has a point; the truth has a well-known liberal bias.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Was it at the edge of a cliff? And did you push her?

        • Todd Allis

          It was on Facebook. I unfriended her.

      • marshlc

        Ah, yes, I’ve run into her. Soros owns it apparently, and, not sure if I got this part correctly, but I gather that Soros is Lucifer incarnate.

      • JCF

        Argh, there was a This American Life story a few weeks ago, where a guy they reported on was doing research (re immigration, as it happens). Automatically out: WaPo, NYT. Automatically in: Breitbart. Too stupid to live, right?

        …the happy ending of the story, though, is that guy’s mind was eventually changed. He learned to recognize bullshit.

    • Gerry Fisher

      YES, please

  • Michael R

    People who vote for Trump
    ( or are generally easily manipulated by propaganda )
    don’t have curious minds and don’t seek any kind of truth ,
    they hear what they want to hear , that’s as far as they go .
    Don’t treat them like rational adults .

    • jerry

      Yes, I’ve met too many people who interrupt and have already reached their conclusion before I’ve finished the sentence. They don’t listen, don’t read, and they’re right about everything. I can handle when people are ignorant of a subject and know it…it’s just the ones who are ignorant, don’t know it, and won’t listen to any conflicting info. Like Trump.

  • MikeBx2
    • Treant

      (eternal realist mode) Not interesting. The attorneys are unknown. The topic was unknown. This could be anything from a meeting to start issuing indictments (hint: it wasn’t) to a meeting on how to fix the system to get all the charges dropped (hint: it wasn’t, too public and too many people).

      This is another news tidbit to keep the rabble in line and away from the torches and pitchforks aisle at the Home Depot.

      • Todd20036

        Or a luncheon. Pizza or hamburgers….

        • Treant

          Possibly the Friday Afternoon Lunch and Orgy.

          • Todd20036

            Do lawyers even DO orgies?

          • Treant

            Um…I can 100% assure you that there’s at least one who does.

          • vorpal 😼

            After making you sign 20 pages of incomprehensible liability waivers in triplicate and then trying to bill you for a full hour when they only provide ten minutes of services, probably :-).

          • JWC

            that sounds like a Lawyers orgie

          • vorpal 😼

            The paperwork is actually the foreplay!

          • JWC

            and the money part is the screwing

          • JWC

            sorta layin lo on here Have a good safe trip to Santiago

          • vorpal 😼

            Why laying low?
            You can always email me:
            [email protected]
            Would be sad to lose track of you.

          • JWC

            sent you a test email

          • vorpal 😼

            Hmmmm… strangely, nothing yet.
            Two other people emailed me from my post to you, though, and I got both of those messages! 😛

          • JWC

            sent 2 one failed [email protected] hotmai.com the other [email protected] went thru or so I thought

          • JWC

            try sending to me [email protected]

          • Christopher

            Are papercuts the BDSM part?

          • MichellEGraham

            Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !hs96:
            ➽➽
            ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleOnlineEasyClubTechJobsOpportunities/easy/jobs ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!hs96l..,…

          • CarolynJLewis

            Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !hs61d:
            ➽➽
            ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleCashDataCareerPartTimeJobs/get/hourly ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!hs61l..,..,.

          • The_Wretched

            Lawyers are over represented in the kink world.

          • Sam_Handwich

            no, they only exchange briefs

          • Not without a NDA. And then I am legally prohibited from discussing.

          • David

            They do, I met my husband that way.

          • edrex

            i’m more surprised that they work on fridays.

          • Christopher

            Of course!

            Their entire career is essentially to fuck someone, or to stop someone from fucking someone.

            I’ll bet an orgy to them is like going back to college for a refresher course.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          There’s a sale at Penny’s?

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          I have always detested the word luncheon.

          • edrex

            but i do love to attend one.

      • MikeBx2

        Exactly. We’ve been down this road too many times.

    • greenmanTN
    • fiizok

      Any news that indicates Mueller hasn’t been fired by Trump and is still on the job is interesting (and encouraging) to me.

      • MikeBx2

        Me too.

  • Treant

    Keep floundering, Zuck. No, hire people to vet the news that appears exclusively on your site, or you’re legally responsible for the damage done.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading”

    No, they want “news” that validates their existing world view, not accurate information.

    • another_steve

      ^^ Ooh, that. Love to you for that, JP.

      Humankind cannot bear much reality.

  • JustDucky

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96a5d04e911778c922a051de37df24a39af5ea8c5a4a37260b51d3cb590a6527.png

    Just a reminder: this asshole wants to run for President.* Everything he does should be viewed with that in mind.

    * https://www.gq.com/story/mark-zuckerberg-pollster

  • Tatonka

    I deleted my Facebook account last year. Problem solved!

    • m_lp_ql_m

      You think you deleted your Facebook account. It’s still there.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Lazycrockett

      thats not a nerd.

      • bambinoitaliano

        There is a book. Fine! Let me remove it and test him out.

        • JCF

          Poetry, I believe.

      • safari

        “Nerd” means muscled man with glasses.

    • vorpal 😼
      • PickyPecker

        I adore that vid. Thanks for posting, kitty!!

        • vorpal 😼

          My pleasure, sweet PickyPecker, and I hope you are having a good day in spite of the torrent of horrible news we’re having to endure.

      • bambinoitaliano
        • vorpal 😼

          Me gusta mucha! Thanks for sharing, bambinoitaliano!

  • Jake

    It’s called reading the article

  • Karl Dubhe

    O/T Happy Thanksgiving weekend to any Canadians here.

    • bambinoitaliano
      • Gerry Fisher

        I wanna hat! (I love my rainbow Maple Leaf tee shirt that I got on a trip either to Montreal or Toronto.)

        • jerry

          MMLGA…Make maple leaves great again.

          • marshlc

            Torontonians would just be happy if we could make the Maple Leafs great again.

            Little hockey humour…..

          • prixator

            You all won’t be laughing for long! Nyahaha!

    • Canadian Observer

      Damn, that reminds me, I have three sugar pumpkins I need to render down to puree tonight so I can bake them into a pie for Monday… well guess no night out on the town for me…

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Wait… people actually rely on Facebook for news?!

    • bambinoitaliano

      For people who like to read more than 140 characters. Besides how is one suppose to keep in touch with friends and families you do not care for?

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Good point. There’s really no other way I have to insult my Mormon sister.

      • safari

        280,

        • bambinoitaliano

          For example
          Yes?
          One night I said it to me girl and now me girls my wife
          Oh! And a lovely thing she is too. he he he
          She’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
          Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
          Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
          Supercalifragilisticex 😛

    • Gustav2

      The report, published May 26, 2016, is titled, “News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016.” It leads with the finding that 62 percent of Americans get news from social media, while the Facebook-specific 44 percent number appears a few paragraphs in. But you don’t have to read past the first sentence to see that there’s a crucial qualifier to this finding. The report begins, “A majority of U.S. adults—62%—get news on social media, and 18% do so often … .” That’s right: 18 percent. So while it’s true that most adults get at least a little bit of news from social media, it’s deeply misleading to say that a majority “rely on” social media as a news source. It would be more accurate to say that fewer than 1 in 5 Americans routinely turn to social media as a news source, according to Pew’s data.

      http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2016/12/how_many_people_really_get_their_news_from_facebook.html

  • Jay Mills

    I am convinced that this is the new face of evil.

    • bambinoitaliano

      A much smarter one than the one we current dealing with. Very dangerous too. That is if that fucking moron does not nuke us first.

  • Leo

    Russians used the spam ID to shut down positive Ukrainian photos during their referendum which worked spectacularly. Pardon me but how the fuck is this going to work?

  • Gustav2

    OOOOOOH! That will stop the in-laws from forwarding BS to the hubby!

  • MikeBx2

    OT. Unless his name is “Miracle”, this is not the story Trump is telling…
    https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/916397982395674625

    • canoebum

      He lost a leg in the process. He deserves every bit as much recognition as do the police and other first responders.

      • MikeBx2

        His name is Jesus Campos and everyone should read his story. He’s a hero.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          GASP!!! Jesus Campos, that there name sounds brown…don’t tell Donnie because he’ll probably deport him.

          In humour comes harsh truths.

      • JCF

        I’m not seeing where he lost a leg. I read the bullet’s still in his leg “which [the bullet, I presume] will be removed at a later date”.

  • aagold76 .

    no one is going to waste time checking up on ad sources/etc….they should just refuse to run political ads- it’s not like they need to money!

    • djcoastermark

      Political ads are stupid easy money, the cash just flows in. And that’s what it’s all about. Doesn’t matter if you have more than you will ever use, it’s all about more.

  • aagold76 .

    so many replies lately have absolutely NOTHING to do with the post- hey Joe- have Russian troll bots infiltrated the site???

    • PickyPecker

      You’ll see a lot of postings beginning with ‘OT’ (off topic). Easy to skim over if you’re seeking to stay on topic.
      Joe encourages a sense of community on this site, for which many are grateful.
      Most times, the OT’s go great places and I end up learning many things from others here as well as from those posts on topic. I try to enjoy them all.

      • Treant

        OT: I just spent 20 minutes at the pharmacist trying to get the pricing right on my Cardizem. Which is on the 90-day-cheap list, but somehow ended up being $60.

        Five calls and five printed labels later, I finally got it for the usual $14.99 for 90 days.

        • PickyPecker

          OT: I find the pharmacy completely exasperating and sometimes exhausting.

          • Treant

            Yeah, me too. My husband’s on one that costs $160 a month out of pocket. That’s a real joy.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          YAOT ( Yet Another Off Topic )
          My dog eats at 6 pm and again 8: 30 pm, everyday.
          That’s it.
          She poops at 10 Am when we do our outside chores.
          Sometimes, she poops at 7 or 7:15 as well.

          -Wanted to share.

      • greenmanTN

        I come here for the news, stay for the OT. I have never met anyone from this site in person ,yet I consider many here to be friends or at least people I like. The rest of you know who you are and what you did! 😉

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Thanks comrade.

    • Treant

      Do you think the rains in Germany will impact the rhubarb crop this year? Don’t buy German rhubarb due to the fungi from the rains.

      Buy Romanian rhubarb instead, it’s much tastier, and great in a rhubarb and strawberry pie.

      • marshlc

        I didn’t even know rhubarb was a thing that could be bought, never seen it in a store. It comes from grandmas’ and aunties’ back yards.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i fuckin hate facebook

    that is all

    • safari

      It has its uses.

  • safari

    I demand an additional button in the shape of a mirror. When the user hovers over it, Facebook tells them how horrible of a human being they actually are.

  • canoebum

    Let’s start a pool to take bets on when Zuckerberg switches from his natural hair to wearing a toupee. As far as his “i” button goes…pretty weak tea considering the size of the problem.

    • GayOldLady

      Totally weak tea. Most people will have no idea what the “I” button even is and the rest won’t care.

      The best thing that could happen is for Facebook to bite the dust.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      That has to already be a toupee.

      • greenmanTN

        I thought maybe he was starring as Annie somewhere…

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          lol

  • MikeBx2

    Ok, excuse one more OT and I’m heading out for a nice afternoon run…
    https://twitter.com/Weinsteinlaw/status/916401150517055488

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Is he wearing Chucks in the Oval? That’s just cool.

    • leastyebejudged

      Thanks for this.

    • Snarky

      I won’t back down…

  • greenmanTN

    For, you know, when critical thinking is just too big a hassle.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Fuck Facebook.

    • MBear

      Facefuckbook

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Book a face fuck.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        FuckFace ReagonBook too

  • Sam_Handwich

    FYI

    gay cake oral arguments at SCOTUS on Dec 5

    https://twitter.com/KimberlyRobinsn/status/916393898947231744

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I’ve never done oral on a cake, no argument.

    • Blake J Butler

      Please be the obstacle for this religious objection bullshit like the contraception ruling on the ACA from SCOTUS that opened the floodgates for RFRA laws to be clearly used against us.

      And to rule against a bigoted baker demanding the right to discriminate and grant us rights that we should have been granted when this country was founded.

      Ramen.

    • Treant

      “If I knew you were coming I’d’ve sucked your cock…”

      That’s right, isn’t it?

      • edrex

        the cause and effect directionality seems off.

    • Ken M
      • Gustav2

        How is the “Help” forced to participate in a religious ceremony when they are not fucking invited?

        • Ken M

          The one I have the link for refers to those who do not support same sex marriage as the “new cultural minority.” Do I start crying now?

          • edrex

            no. you start shouting.

        • Ken M

          The bakery’s lawyers are going to try and make it look like same sex couples are adding to the right from Obergefell v Hodges, and are taking advantage of it to undermine the First Amendment and deny their Freedom of Faith to those in disagreement.

        • greenmanTN

          Has a baker ever been sued when a marriage failed because by supplying the wedding cake they thereby endorsed it?

          No, so STFU.

  • JHunter

    How low do the numbers need to go for the GOP to act?
    https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/916395725465862144

    • Sam_Handwich

      wow 32% approval

      • Treant

        Now that’s finally pushing into “divorce from him quickly” territory if it holds.

        And Nate’s boiling away and moving north.

        • jerry

          That’s in the “who is this Roy Moore guy” range.

          • Treant

            I’m sure his approval in Al Abama is close to 90%.

          • jerry

            Yes, in AL. But every sitting GOP congressperson is currently “Who? I don’t know her”.

    • Treant

      The only approval numbers that will count are at the voting booth.

      And look who controls most of the voting booths.

      • safari

        Russia?

        • Treant

          Ding! Ding! Ding! Went the winner!

    • stevenj

      74% do not believe trump is a strong leader, 77% say he’s not honest and 84% say he’s not level headed.

  • -M-

    On this topic:
    https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/916267735646162944

    https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/916269580317806592

    “The real levers are: what the algorithm optimizes for, better detection of fraud (FB’s Yann LeCun says let me at it), unflattening UI… 1/n”

  • Lars Littlefield

    Not being a stupid fuck who has a Facebook page, will this action by Facebook make any difference?

    • safari

      Nope. But it will cause the alt-right to demand that “conservipedia” be used also.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I think that they should use a green, yellow, red system. Green outline/dot/highlighting is vetted, yellow is questionable (provide a context button), and red is a non-reputable source. It’s gotta be quick and easy, or it won’t work. Perhaps adding a button to Snopes would be a better idea.

    • safari

      I’m told Snopes is a left-wing conspiracy site by the Breitbarters.

      • edrex

        that’s not true. i looked it up on snopes.

    • Treant

      How about they only run green news ads? 🙂

      • safari

        I’d settle for them reprogramming those that believe fake news. They’ve done a small study with improving happiness.

        • Those that have a tendency to believe in fake news are the same psychological profile that believe in conspiracy theories without questioning.

  • Henry Auvil

    Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, Your stupid website doesn’t elevate democracy, it destroyed America. You are more responsible for Trump than Russia and the ignorance of the electorate combined, because you willfully and profitably enabled both. Your billions could never repair the damage you’ve done, even if you were willing to part with them. Like your fictional girlfriend said in The Social Network: “You’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.”

  • Ken M

    So, is Facebook a “right or an option” or both?

    • jerry

      It’s optional. But like most things on the internet, if it’s free, then you’re the product being sold.

  • I fired Facebook. Did not hurt a bit.

    • Jukesgrrl

      I never had a Facebook page. I also stayed away from LinkedIn after FB bought it. I don’t think that’s damaged me in any way other than that I’ve been called “paranoid” a few times. But guess who was right in the end.

      • Smart woman. I did not use my page much. Too hard to use for me.

      • kat

        LinkedIn was bought by Microsoft, not Facebook.

  • Tomcat

    So is this done NOW to protect republicans?

  • Circ09

    How about a link to snopes instead?

  • Halou

    Wikipedia links?
    That’s totally not going to be abused by anybody like, say, this.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38982914/fan-of-the-sherlocks-edits-bands-wiki-to-get-backstage

  • leastyebejudged

    Using FB gives them $.

    I refuse to give FB anything.

    Freedom starts with economic freedom. Exercise it, or lose it.

  • Oh, Parker

    I’ve always been able to vet my own news sources, but this might help my mother in law figure out that Obama isn’t a reptilian or that Hitler’s brain isn’t being kept alive in a jar in Paraguay.

  • Snarky

    Will this info just be in English? Or are you helpfully providing “context” in the original Russian too?

  • it mades me sad that two things have happened at the same time. the first is that the internet is a thing that will never be fully controlled by anyone, not completely, and every day a new fake news generator is born/comes online, for every issue and topic there is. that’s just a side feature of the interwebs. but the part that makes me sad is that it comes when americans in particular are at historically low critical thinking skill levels. not everyone, but a lot of younger people just never got that developed as part of their educations. i see it all the time with the kids i work with, they just aren’t given the tools to understand why critical thinking is very important.

    “fake news” wouldn’t be a growing problem like it is now, if the republicans hadn’t destroyed what was once one of the finest educational systems in the world.

  • Charlie In SF

    OR, Facebook could simply restrict content coming from Putin SpamBots.

  • Jukesgrrl

    So once again Zuckerberg is using something he didn’t pay for to increase his own profits.