Facebook and the News Media

Facebook is now launching a “Journalism Project.” It will be continuing its efforts to change the way media organizations work with the social network. Or maybe you can also say Facebook is changing the way it is working with the news media. You might even call it trying to help its users improve their media literacy. Now that’s a social media project I can really get behind, to put a “good face” on :).

Now part of this new initiative certainly relates to Facebook’s vow last year to crack down on fake news. Facebook has struggled with defining its place in the media world over the past several months, coming to a head just after the election. Many raised concerns about whether fake news articles passed around on the site could have influenced the outcome. Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed this possibility as “extremely unlikely.” But continued questions about Facebook and other tech firms responsibility to vet news or curtail misinformation led to Facebook announcing that it would begin submitting stories reported as false to third-party fact-checking sites and then labeling stories found to be “disputed.”

This maybe too little too late in terms of this past Presidential election, but let’a just say we have all, hopedully,learned something “the hard way.”

Ray Myers


Happy 🎃 👻 Halloween!

Trick or treat time in the U.S.A., and I am not talking about the upcoming Presidential Election as scary as that may be.  And I do promise to stop using my newly discovered emoticons in my blog titles (well at least not in every one of them).  I think just following the news for the next week will probably be more entertaining (frightening?) than any new technology development I can post.

Perhaps with one exception.  Some states are now utilizing Facebook to post more information about what the ballots will look like before you go to your polling place.  You can also save and print out your choices and bring them to the ballot box where phones are generally prohibited.  In paper we trust.  And maybe we always will – the old paper trail!  But even with paper we might have some problems with those troublesome “hanging chads” in certain States (Florida 2000).

Please don’t be scared.  It will all be over soon.  Halloween will be over in a day.  We should know who the next American President will be in a little over a week.  Or maybe NOT?

Ray Myers