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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 DannyB on Tuesday June 26 2018, @07:47PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 26 2018, @07:47PM (#698932) Journal

    I don't want curated news any more than I want a curated translation of The Bible.

    I just want the truth. Whether I like it or not. I want it to be the truth.

    In the case of the news, I want it to be the truth and the facts. Whether I like what I'm hearing or not. Whether it favors my views or not (maybe my views are wrong?)

    Similarly in a translation (of anything), I don't want an edited doctored version of the text. I might not like everything the text says, but I want to read it as what it actually means (and meant when written). If you're a diplomat, you don't want an edited version of a translation. That hinders communication. You want a straightforward translation that conveys the thought as accurately and clearly as possible.

    Do you want the truth? Or do you want to hear what you like?

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