Michael Bloomberg stated Wednesday that Facebook should task human employees with moderating every single post on its website to combat ‘fake news,’ which he believes emanates primarily from Russia.
“[Facebook has] a responsibility. And if they say, ‘Well there’s no ways to do it other than we’re going to have a human being read every message,’ I’m sorry, you’re going to have to do that. That’s their problem. It’s not society’s problem,” the former New York City mayor told Axios’ Mike Allen.
Bloomberg on Russian influence campaign
I asked Michael Bloomberg about the Russian influence campaign in the 2016 election: "It's an outrage…It's as bad as if you attacked the government with weapons for god's sakes."
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“We have to make them give us the ability to protect ourselves. The first fundamental thing is to keep this country safe, keep democracy for all of our citizens,” Bloomberg continued.
Bloomberg compared Facebook’s responsibility to combat ‘fake news,’ to a bank’s responsibility to stop money laundering, or a telephone company’s responsibility to “know where calls come from.”
“We have laws to protect you, those laws should apply to social media as well,” Bloomberg concluded.
Facebook drew criticism from conservatives during the 2016 presidential election, after a Gizmodo report revealed the website “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers.” (RELATED: Facebook Rolls Out Plan To Decide What News Is Credible)