From Wired magazine:
But now, we have a new normal. Manipulating search results today seems more like an invasion than a joke. As the October 1 massacre in Las Vegas unfolded, Google displayed “news” results from rumor mills like 4Chan, and Facebook promulgated rumors and conspiracy theories, sullying the service on which, according to Pew Research, 45 percent of American adults get their news. Meanwhile, the rapid-fire nature of Twitter led users to pass along false information about missing people in the aftermath.
All of these cases signify the central place a number of digital services have staked out in our lives. We trust our devices: We trust them to surface the correct sources in our information feeds, we trust them to deliver our news, and we trust them to surface the opinions of our friends. So the biggest and most influential platforms falling prey to manipulations upsets that trust—and the order of things.
If SAFE becomes widely adopted, eclipsing even Google, Facebook and Twitter in popularity, do you think these two issues of fake news and manipulating search results will be even more problematic? Do you think the time will ever come when the majority of people around the world sees more value in regulating or minimizing misinformation (I know, who decides whether it’s misinformation?) than in protecting freedom of expression and anonymity?