This feature on Buzzfeed is both fascinating and disturbing.
Aviv Ovadya was one of the first techies to identify fake news as a problem, says he is worried about an information apocalypse in which people give up on finding the truth.
Warning flags are being waved by engineers, academics, lawmakers about tech dangers, yet no one is doing anything about it, it looks like a perfect storm because everyone who could do something is in on the game:
- There’s an ungodly amount of Ameros being earned from advertisers
- Politicians are exploiting these weaknesses (Devin Nunes’ fake news website yesterday)
- Marketing companies are getting clicks and eyeballs for their customers and making a fortune
And it looks like it is more than just Faceberg not understanding the monster he created, though he is certainly Exhibit A.
Anyway, it’s a long piece and will be a (good?) lunchtime read, if not dystopian future prediction.