Algorithms.

Al·go·rithms
Adj - Computational procedures that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem.

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Algorithms now decide what news you read and what you don’t see.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have billions of active users for their social media platforms, which automatically run filtering algorithms to determine what information is displayed to those users on their feeds and internet searches.

But now these tech giants are teaming up with the corporate media to create new algorithms to purge the Internet of what is deemed “fake news,” i.e. what they judge to be “misinformation.”

We prefer real news to the “fake” kind. But we think the solution is better media literacy, or as Ernest Hemingway said, “Develop a built-in bullshit detector.”

Journalist Robert Parry recently wrote, “You don’t need a huge amount of imagination to see how this combination of mainstream groupthink and artificial intelligence could create an Orwellian future in which only one side of a story gets told, and the other side simply disappears from view.”

Far more dangerous than “fake news” is all the real news that you won’t ever see.

At Common Dreams we do not use algorithms to decide what news to bring you.

But as independent, not-for-profit media we are very vulnerable to having our real news blocked in the increasingly privatized Internet of the near future.

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