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posted by martyb on Tuesday June 26 2018, @07:03AM   Printer-friendly
from the who-you-gonna-trust? dept.

Apple News will feature a dedicated section for 2018 US Midterm Elections 'fact-based' news

Apple is launching a dedicated section in Apple News to cover the US midterm elections. US Apple users will be able to view the latest updates for the election inside the Apple News app through November.

It will feature content from Fox News, Vox and other curated publications including some exclusives from the Washington Post, Axios and Politico.

[...] The midterm section will include features including 'The Conversation', opinion columns from diverse sources, and 'On the Ground' which is more localized reporting to individual constituents.

Apple will have a special news section for the midterm elections, curated by human editors

Apple's longstanding approach of using human editors to select a limited number of stories from reliable sources stands in contrast to Facebook's approach of letting publishers and users post stories, then relying on a mixture of technology and human editors to weed out less reliable sources. Facebook has faced sharp criticism for its role in spreading fake news in the runup to the 2016 presidential election, including posts created by Russians attempting to sway the election to Donald Trump, according to a grand jury indictment.

Facebook is taking measures to avoid similar criticism in the runup to the 2018 midterm elections. The company last week said it was ramping up its efforts to fight fake news, including expanding fact-checking programs to more countries and for the first time fact-checking photos and videos.

Apple press release.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday June 26 2018, @12:08PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @12:08PM (#698703) Journal

    And nobody jumped already onto "That's actually censorship!"

    Every news organization on the planet curates (and is expected to curate) their news. If I write some screed, I have an expectation that it'll make it onto SN at least as a post or journal. I have no similar expectation that it'll automatically show up on Apple's news service. So if SN admins were to block my post based on its political (or similar) content, that would be censorship, but it wouldn't be censorship, but rather bias, if Apple chose not to pass my stuff on for the same reasons.

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday June 26 2018, @01:23PM (1 child)

    by FatPhil (863) <> on Tuesday June 26 2018, @01:23PM (#698729) Homepage
    Since when has the self-proclaimed victim's expectation been the arbiter of whether some wrong-doing has taken place? That would be classic SJW rhetoric, and equally falacious, for the same reasons.
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    • (Score: 1, Disagree) by khallow on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:08PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:08PM (#698759) Journal

      self-proclaimed victim's expectation

      Everyone else has this expectation too.