Posted by Vice News on Friday, January 15, 2019 09:21:59 In the United States, you have the power to shut down accounts that you believe are spreading false news, according to a new report.
A group of former employees of the Associated Press, the New York Times and other news organizations are demanding that the companies that operate their newsrooms remove tens of thousands of articles from their websites that contain “evidence of wrongdoing” and “deception,” a phrase that carries an extra level of weight in today’s digital world.
“In our modern era, it’s no longer possible to deny facts,” said Robert B. McChesney, president of the Professional Association of News Editors, which has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to block the posts.
“If an article is found to contain false or misleading information, the content may be removed.”
The group, which is composed of the former AP journalists who wrote the letter, has also launched a campaign to educate news organizations about the dangers of misleading content.
They have asked Facebook, Twitter and Google to “immediately remove all content” that suggests that “information may have been fabricated or otherwise not credible,” including posts that have been published after a person has been killed or injured by police.
They are also asking Google and Twitter to “remove the content immediately” if it has been flagged by users.
“We don’t think that is a reasonable demand,” said Jonathan Weisman, an associate professor of journalism at Northwestern University and a co-author of the petition.
“What’s happening is that the people at the top of the news business are making it so difficult for journalists to get their stories right.
That’s the real problem here.”
In the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the deaths of two black men at the hands of police in Minnesota, several news organizations have announced that they will remove from their news feeds posts that include “evidence” that police have used excessive force.
The AP, for example, has removed a story about a police shooting of a mentally ill man who was unarmed.
It has also deleted a story that reported that a white woman was beaten and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver who was accused of stealing her wallet and cell phone.
“As a result of the growing frequency of such false and misleading news stories, the public is increasingly fed up with the lack of accountability in news organizations,” the petition says.
The petitioners say that Facebook has “no right” to tell news organizations what to remove.
“Facebook has become a global platform where stories from all over the world can be shared, and it is therefore necessary for journalists, publishers, news consumers and others to stand together and protect the public’s right to know,” the letter says.
Facebook declined to comment.
The New York Post has not yet posted any of the letters.
Facebook has also said that it does not own the articles and that it is only publishing what it deems credible news, including those that have already been removed.
The company has said that the process of removing posts that violate the platform’s terms and conditions is “quite extensive.”
The AP is seeking a similar response from Google, which also owns the AP and other newspapers.
Google told Vice News that it “doesn’t comment on pending litigation.”
In a statement, the AP said that “the vast majority” of the content that is removed by its newsrooms is “factually accurate.”