Do we really want fake news to change the internet?


In just the past week, tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter have started changing how the internet works in their efforts to combat fake news.

All these changes will probably help but not solve the growing fake-news problem.

That’s why I’m predicting increasingly radical changes in the way everything works online.

Here’s what these current and possible future changes all have in common: They take control away from users and give more control and discretion to the tech companies.

They’ll tell us what we should and shouldn’t read (or, at least, anoint the arbiter of these decisions). They’ll choose which businesses to ban, even if those businesses haven’t violated the published rules.

Is the reduction of fake news even worth it?