"Facebook will also begin to down-rank news in its algorithm that doesn't have bylines, or present information about the company's editorial staff on the publishers' website."
Okay those are the new requirements for content mills and fake propaganda outlets. How long before they adapt?
Actually vetting reporters, reportage and news outlets is really hard for a team of smart humans editors to do. Even the premiere organizations like the NYT and Washington Post with their armies of editors has failed at this from time to time. Algorithms are not ready for this task yet.
Great idea, they should give it a snappy name, maybe something that rhymes with "stage tank." Of course this does nothing WRT organizations that tend not to cite earlier reportage when it originates outside of the company.
> How long before they adapt?
Why, that would require creating a staff of fake names, so in a lot of cases it'll probably be completed sometime around close of business today. Maybe the end of the week.
It should be more akin to https://techmeme.com (or hn for that matter) where they editorially try and choose the first or best source. If a better source becomes available they swap. Facebook could benefit from this dynamicness, where a story can bump and replace an existing post.
We as a society have decided that rampant mis-information and propaganda is only worth solving if we can automate it. If we actually have to pay real people real money to fix it on an ongoing basis, that's just too expensive.
Sure there are problems having Humans doing this work too, but they are still way ahead of AI in this problem space.
How long do we wait for automated solutions while these problems impose real costs to society?
If you want humans involved, you end up with a gate keeper, which essentially means "unless you're an accredited media organization, your content is considered fake", because you can't vet individual pieces.
I think real solutions are gonna require us to break out of our tech-focused approaches and find ways to get Google, Facebook, Twitter to really start to care about fixing this stuff. Unfortunately I think that means it'll have to start costing them.
Have we seen these adaptations yet? It's been half a year since Google announced their intentions too.
Will they down-rank The Economist, I wonder? :)
For now, the tech giant is focusing on stories in English. It hopes to expand to other languages in the future.
I would prefer they would say that they're down grading their preference for user engagement, and time on platform, for what the trained model says it's original reporting.