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What Google, Facebook must do about one of their biggest problems

As they become the face of journalism and public information, they must be held accountable for their effect

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Facebook, for example, has become a media company with more power and influence than The Washington Post and The New York Times. More than 65 per cent of its users - 44 per cent of US adults - get their news through its platform. Yet it claims not to be a publisher and to not have responsibility for what appears on its platform.

GOOGLE could lose as much as US$750 million because of a boycott by advertisers, according to Nomura Research. Companies are protesting against the placement of their ads next to extremist and hateful content.

An even worse offender is Facebook, which enabled the propagation of fake news

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