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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: 3, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:25PM (3 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @02:25PM (#698769) Journal

    I saw one such in Midtown Manhattan Sunday. It was incredibly distasteful.

    The idea of censorship is anathema to a free people.

    I cannot believe that we find ourselves in this upside-down world, where torture is government policy, police state surveillance has been normalized, and censorship is considered good sense. It is a sure sign that evil people have triumphed over freedom.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 26 2018, @03:03PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 26 2018, @03:03PM (#698789)

    Trump! Trump! Trump!

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday June 26 2018, @07:41PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @07:41PM (#698931) Journal

      In all fairness, Trump is not entirely responsible on his own. But he has had a hand in accelerating these things. Even if some of it is unwittingly, ignorantly, without even realizing it.

      Example: He promises to drain the swamp. I don't think he understands that his own attempts to enrich himself through his office ARE a manifestation of the very thing the people (who voted for him) want to stop. And his enabling of others to enrich themselves through his powers. I don't think he has any awareness of the irony or contradiction.

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