A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News
Jeff Jarvis

The thing that always gets me about this fake news brouhaha is the tacit assumption that Americans are daft and wouldn’t recognize fake news from real. It’s pretty sanctimonious of all of you.

Another assumption is that fake news changed people’s minds when it came to the election. I’m yet to be come across any evidence of this anywhere. What we do know is that it was shared a lot. I suspect this, putting it on facebook and fake news, is just people looking to blame something other than poor tactics, racism and sexism for Trump.

A lot of your suggestions won’t work because being online means now, more than ever before, it’s easier to build and find communities of like minded people online. You can’t force anyone to consume what you think is correct content.

Facebook is fighting for attention just like the every other online platform, if I’m forced to see things I don’t care for on facebook, there’s snapchat, instagram, youtube and twitter all fighting for my attention.

I get that y’all(America) are facebook’s biggest market, but the rest of us use it too and I worry about these “solutions” being forced on the rest of us because you(Americans) can’t get over the fact that your country is a sexist, racist mess.

Don’t even get me started on bias.

I’ll end this post with this: To the rest of the world the biggest effect of fake news is your war in the middle east; billions upon billions of dollars spent, millions of people displaced, many thousands of lives lost all and several new terror organisations because the New York Times told the public that there were weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorist. But please tell me more about how I should only get my news from trusted sources.

Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya :)

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