Social media ‘trust’/’distrust’ buttons could reduce spread of misinformation

Social media ‘trust’/’distrust’ buttons could reduce spread of misinformation

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This could work. Just not the way they intend. After realizing that, they’ll figure it would be a good idea to determine which users are “allowed” to trust/distrust or simply “weigh” their votes. In other words: “Fact checkers” and algorithms 2.0.

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Easily abused. ‘Distrust’ info that you disagree with and ‘trust’ info you agree with. And ‘agreement with’ doesn’t have anything to do with whether the info is accurate. You would know something to be ‘true’ but still ‘distrusted’ it because it conflicts with your agenda.

There is (or was) a Firefox extension called WOT (Web of Trust) that essentially did this. I’ve seen websites with massive ‘distrust’ marks (like red flags or something like that - I haven’t used WOT for over a decade because of this) that were obviously the result of trolling.

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