[Educator-Gold] JOURNALISM : NEWS : MEDIA : FAKE NEWS: Futurist Mike Walsh Says Facebook Fake News Problem Shows Need to Balance Humans, Automation

 

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Futurist Mike Walsh Says Facebook Fake News Problem
Shows Need to Balance Humans, Automation

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Futurist Mike Walsh Says Facebook Fake News Problem
Shows Need to Balance Humans, Automation

Nyshka Chandran

CNBC News

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/08/futurist-mike-walsh-says-facebook-
fake-news-problem-shows-need-to-balance-humans-automation.html

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The current furor over “fake news,” while worrying in itself, could reveal valuable insights into the changing media industry, according to acclaimed futurist Mike Walsh.

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“From the fake news issue, we potentially see the future of news, which is algorithms and human beings working together, where the job of humans is designing the parameters and boundary conditions that drive algorithms,” Walsh told CNBC on the sidelines of the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Community conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Walsh, a consultant who specializes in advising corporate leaders on dealing with disruptive technology, is a leading voice on designing businesses for the 21st century, with two books – “The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas” and “Futuretainment” – under his belt.

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News outlets needed to strike a balance between delegating jobs to automation and to humans, Walsh said, using Facebook as an example.

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In August, Facebook laid off employees that curated popular news on the network’s “trending topics” section, amid accusations that the workers’ selections were biased against conservative U.S. news outlets. In their place, Facebook automated trending topics, leaving algorithms to select what stories appeared.

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But that approach wasn’t enough, Walsh warned. “Unless you have humans monitoring them, algorithms can lead to distorted results,” he cautioned.

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This was what happened to Facebook shortly after the decision to remove human curation of the “trending” list, as fake news stories, including one notable report that claimed Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had been fired by the network, began surfacing on the section.

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During the height of the U.S. presidential election campaign, inaccurate or entirely fabricated reports were widely circulated on digital platforms and promoted on Google through the search engine’s algorithm. Many believe the phenomenon influenced the U.S. election result, placing pressure on outlets such Facebook and Twitter  among the most popular networks for media consumption  to combat the issue.

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[Educator-Gold] JOURNALISM : NEWS : MEDIA : FAKE NEWS: Futurist Mike Walsh Says Facebook Fake News Problem Shows Need to Balance Humans, Automation

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