“Apple yesterday announced a special section in its News app devoted to 2018 midterm election coverage,” Bryan Clark writes for TNW. “And while Facebook’s complete and utter failure in the 2016 election still weighs on our minds, Apple says it plans to be different.”
“From now until the November elections, each Apple News user will see a special banner above Top Stories within the app,” Clark writes. “This curated section will feature a mix of stories that Apple News editors deem trustworthy, well-sourced, and legitimate. Basically the opposite of what Facebook offered in 2016.”
MacDailyNews Take: And who are these Apple News editors? That’s the issue, as always with every so-called “news” outfit.
And, those who get their “news” from Facebook are idiots.
“Facebook’s issues stemmed largely from its firing of human editors, and the platform’s network effect,” Clark writes. “Apple, on the other hand, is placing its trust in humans. Presumably, the human-curated section would be able to weed out fake or improperly sourced stories rather quickly — and without the network effect of Facebook.”
MacDailyNews Take: Who wrote the algorithms, Martians?
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MacDailyNews Take: And Walter Cronkite was, for many years, “the most trusted man in America.” (smirk)
Humans are biased. And journalism is dead, but of course, it was never alive in the first place.
Good luck with the “fair and balanced” thang, Apple News!
Once again, do not solely trust Apple News. Do not trust any single gatekeeper.
The best way to consume so-called “news” is to cast a wide net.
As always, readers of “news” need to consider the sources and interpret what they are being told accordingly. The more disparate sources you can find, the better. And we don’t mean different newspaper, network, website brands that are all owned by the same conglomerate. Determining the actual ownership of your “news” sources is an investment that requires a bit of time, but it is very enlightening. — MacDailyNews Take, June 17, 2015
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