April 20, 2021

EP. 101 — Why Facebook Refuses to Fix the Misinformation Crisis It Created with Karen Hao

Facebook pushes dangerous misinformation to billions of people every day. So why can’t it… stop? This week, MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter, Karen Hao, joins Adam to detail her blockbuster report on how Facebook’s internal AI teams were instructed to stop fighting misinformation because doing so interfered with Facebook’s growth. Read her reporting at: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/11/1020600/facebook-responsible-ai-misinformation/


FACT-101-20210416-KarenHao-ACv01-ALT-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:02] Hello, welcome to Factually, I’m Adam Conover and let’s talk a little bit more about misinformation today. You know that it’s out there, you know that it’s bad for you. You know that you’re getting it anyway. Social media spits a constant stream of vaccination misinformation, lies about our democracy, hate speech and garden variety people-yelling-at-each-other into our eye holes and ear holes every single day. Misinformation are the chunks in the toxic soup we sip every time we open our apps. Now, we’ve talked about this on the show before. A couple weeks back, we had Mike Coffield, incredible, wonderful media literacy researcher and educator who told us how we can fight back against it in our own lives, how we can use his “sift method” to separate good information from bad information and help our friends and neighbors do the same. But let’s talk now about who’

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