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Suns Out, Puns Out

by M.G. Siegler


How to Detect Fake News in Real-Time

Krishna Bharat:

I know a thing or two about algorithms processing news. I built Google News and ran it for many years. It is my belief that detection is tractable.
I also know that it is probably not a good idea to run anything other than short-term countermeasures solely based on what the algorithm says. It is important to get humans in the loop — both for corporate accountability and to serve as a sanity check. In particular, a human arbiter would be able to do proactive fact checking.

History always seems to repeat itself here. Humans are sure algorithms can solve such issues, only to realize they can't. Then they hire a ton of humans.


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