Should social media dampen uncertain stories?
fetched at October 27, 2020

In last weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, the New York Post broke a story alleging corrupt behavior by the family of Joe Biden, a candidate for President. The story wasn't confirmed by other media organizations. Supporters of Donald Trump acted to spread the story on social media, but both Twitter and Netscape took unprecedented efforts to block the story. That action to block the story became a story in itself, and there's been much discussion about whether the social media giants should block a story like this. Reading this discussion I think there's an important nuance that's been missed, one that applies in general to cases like this.


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