: "Verification was invented to authenticate but became perceived as an endorsement. We should have acted earlier but we are now working on a new program."
Verification was invented to authenticate but became perceived as an endorsement. We should have acted earlier, but we are now working on a new program. Verification will be removed from accounts not following the new guidelines. https://t.co/4NnVskBD0l— Biz Stone (@biz) November 15, 2017
Few people would argue that the Daily Stormer's vile brand of content is missed from the internet, but Prince's point remains the central concern of many legitimate journalism and news organizations. Their worry is that platforms can and will exercise an increasing amount of economic or editorial power over their existence without a proper regulatory framework or transparency.
If platform companies continue stepping into the shoes of media companies, they should also be thinking of ways to make high-quality journalism more sustainable. In the past, this, too, has been taken care of to some extent by market regulation, whether it was the rules around local press and TV ownership, or monopoly controls, or even subsidies for public service media.
The proliferation of fake news and propaganda on Facebook and YouTube has partially been caused by a platform design that rewards content that generates the most attention irrespective of quality. The lack of self-regulation that caused this has been dressed up as platform "neutrality."
Regulation of platforms in terms of size alone would not necessarily be a remedy for this: Five Facebooks is arguably no more help in funding journalism than one, if they all follow the same principles of optimizing their performance only for short-term profit and not a wider civic aim.
The job of controlling malicious and misleading content is not going to aid democracy as much as it might if there is no sustainable model for high quality free news and information that emerges alongside it.
If producers of news need to be protected from economic ravages, then news consumers also need to have their rights supported when it comes to the targeting and circulation of material. The lack of transparency in current commercial messaging, targeting and promotion of content runs counter to the creation of a media-literate society. We urgently need a more rigorous approach to definition and provenance of the different types