Note the rapid rise in traffic leading up to the US election of a particularly non-credible “news” site, run by a 24 year old in Romania (traffic approximated via Alexa ranking).

How to fix our news ecosystem

Step 1: Acquire more data! (attention metrics & credibility scores)

Imagine you work at Facebook and are experimenting with changes to the news feed. You know that currently it rewards sensationalist misinformation over sensible accuracy, so one of your goals is to reward quality and accuracy over clickbait and misinformation.

Sure, there are some things to try that might help a bit. But how do you know if those changes are actually having an impact?

Critical questions

The missing data

The status quo

Linked from the FAQ for the Hoaxy project at the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University

We can do better

Founder of the Thoughtful Technology Project & GMF non-res fellow. Prev Tow fellow & Chief Technologist @ Center for Social Media Responsibility.

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