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Censorship will never be able to stop the spread of viral misinformation on social media – here’s an idea that might work

·6 min read
Censorship will never be able to stop the spread of viral misinformation on social media – here’s an idea that might work

Facebook has been quietly experimenting with reducing the amount of political content it puts in users’ news feeds. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that the way the company’s algorithms work can be a problem. As a computer scientist who studies the ways large numbers of people interact using technology, I understand the logic of using the wisdom of the crowds in these algorithms.