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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: 2) by Alfred on Tuesday June 26 2018, @01:44PM (2 children)

    by Alfred (4006) on Tuesday June 26 2018, @01:44PM (#698747) Journal
    There is no way in hell this will not be biased. But Apple can be quite clever. They can still be far left but right of all the main outlets and will be hailed as champions of truth from all sides.
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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:28PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:28PM (#698770) Journal

    It takes real effort to combat bias. You have to go to original sources. You have to closely examine and question how the data in the original sources was compiled. You cannot trust anything you get second-hand.

    But we are long past those days. Now, it's all an echo chamber of people too lazy to double-check anything, yet who still demand the title, and respect that comes with the title, of "journalist."

    Washington DC delenda est.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by meustrus on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:58PM

    by meustrus (4961) on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:58PM (#698784)

    You think left/right bias is something Apple cares about? They are corporatists, not leftists. They have more in common with the National Socialists than the Labor movement.

    You can bet that CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News will both be prominently featured. Depending on how partisan you are, between 1 and 3 of those sources feature "fake news" all the damn time.

    But they all will be given top billing for one reason: they're big and they have lots of money. Don't even begin to pretend something else will factor into what Apple considers "trustworthy".

    If there isn't at least one reference or primary source, it's not +1 Informative. Maybe the underused +1 Interesting?