Headlines For Dec. 6, 2021

The Hill

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150B

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Facebook for $150 billion over allegations that the platform failed to act against anti-Rohingya hate speech that fueled real-world violence against the group in the region, according to a complaint filed Monday.

Toronto Star

Misinformation spreads fast, but the virus spreads faster

In Greece, if you are over the age of 60 and unvaccinated, the government will fine you 100 euros a month. In Austria, they are looking at fining unvaccinated adults thousands of euros. In Canada, our stubborn anti-vaxxers are looking at possible job penalties with varying levels of actual enforcements, but no government action similar to what is happening in Europe.


How the Wisdom of Crowds Could Solve Facebook’s Fact-Checking Problem

In 1907, statistician Francis Galton observed something strange at a county fair: Attendees were participating in a game where they guessed the weight of an ox, with the closest answer to the truth winning a prize. To Galton’s surprise, while the guesses of the individual attendees varied wildly, the average of the crowd’s guesses was just one pound away from the true weight of the ox—closer than the closest individual’s.

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