I keep seeing real news articles about how Facebook was promoting fake news articles to hundreds of millions of users.
Those fake stories get promoted through a Facebook algorithm that only looks for whether you clicked and liked an article. The algorithm doesn’t know if something is true or not.
As a result, fake news that appeals to our own biases has been spreading rampantly.
Thankfully, Melissa Zimdars has been collecting a list of all of those fake news sites.
These sites are like the National Enquirer but even shadier. Most people like their news with a partisan slant. This list won’t block those sites (HuffPo, FoxNews). The list is really focused on the truly bogus.
But… you’re not going to read and memorize that list. That would be a waste of your time.
Instead, try the Chrome extension, BlockSite and a CSV file that I created based on the document above. This tool will automatically block any sites that you want to block. You just install BlockSite and then import my CSV.
I’ll walk you through it step by step.
Start by downloading BlockSite.
Once it’s installed, open up the BlockSite options.
At the bottom of the BlockSite options is a way to import sites from a CSV file. That way you don’t need to type them in by yourself.
Thanks to computer programmer magic (in a past life I wrote a programming book on regular expressions), I went ahead and created a CSV file out of that list of fake news sites.
All you have to do is download this fakenews.csv, save it to your computer, and then import the list into BlockSite.
Aside: I’m thinking of BetterHumans more and more as being about personal augmentation: you + tool = better you. In this case, BlockSite is a truth filter. You + BlockSite = Intelligence Upgrade. It’s pretty exciting how many easy ways there are to upgrade our brains.