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Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that

emullinsabq
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Re: Detecting Fake News is hard

No it's easy to detect real news.

If you read a small paragraph and it leaves you feeling informed, but bored, it is real.

If you read a story and aren't clapping or screaming, it is real.

If the story doesn't have phone footage*, it might be real

If the story isn't primarily about what someone wrote on twitter, it might be real.

If the article can be summarized in two sentences, but the article is 3 pages of what people think, it is fake.

* This might require clarification. I don't mean to suggest that poor phone footage is inherently false, but rather that if that is the basis of the story, it probably isn't news at all. eg. someone records a fight in a mall, and someone actually thought that was newsworthy, because omg, shitty video.

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