As reported by Engadget, Facebook has filed a patent for tech to automatically remove fake news. We’ll see how it goes.
Facebook may have said that it’s stepping up its fight against fake news in the past few weeks, but there are signs that it might have had a way to tackle this problem sooner. A recently published USPTO filing from 2015 reveals that Facebook has applied for a patent on technology that would automate the process of removing “objectionable content.” It’s ostensibly for eliminating hate speech, porn and other material that Facebook has objected to for years, but the system could easily be applied to bogus stories as well.
Of course, this is a little too late to stop the 2016 election from happening the way it did. It’s also too late to stop my mom from sharing the following articles:
- The Secret Cancer Cure Doctors Won’t Tell You About (it’s Vitamin C)
- Who were you in your past 3 lives? (First was Florence Nightingale, died 1910, second was Princess Diana, died 1997 during my mom’s life?!, third was Audrey Hepburn, who died before Princess Diana in 1993)
- How to Use Pallets as Hardwood Flooring
- Random Health Ailments (complete with tagged family members)
- Something political with racist undertones