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lauren@vortex.com
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:55:19 -0800

[A good effort, but useless] https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-12-25/college-students-come-up-with-plug-in-to-combat-fake-news

A team of college students is getting attention from Internet companies
and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to
fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced
coverage. The plug-in, "Open Mind ," was developed earlier this month
during a 36-hour problem-solving competition known as a hackathon at Yale
University.

An educational project, and ultimately a useless one. What they fail to understand is that fake news issues must be handled natively by these platforms -- extensions and other add-ons are virtually useless.

First, most people will never learn of such extensions -- and will be unwilling to install them due to rising concerns about their security. https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/08/02/beware-the-browser-extensions-privacy-trap

But even more to the point, the persons most in need of such extensions are convinced that they already have the ability to ferret out what they believe to be fake news, and would continue to frequent the racist, alt-right sites that disseminate it. That is, the users most vulnerable to be taken in by fake news don't believe that those stories from their favorite racist outlets are fake, and would never use an extension that told them otherwise.

They'd simply call it a bogus (or fake!) fake news extension. So such projects are essentially only preaching to the choir, and are not expected to move the ball in any meaningful positive way. Sorry about that, Chief.


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