Eddy Cue: Apple 'Trying to Do Some Things' to Combat the Spread of Fake News

Apple is actively working on ways to ensure its content delivery services are robust enough to stand up to the challenge of "fake news", according to Apple's senior vice president of software and services, Eddy Cue.

Cue made the comments during a wide-ranging interview at the Code Media conference on Monday evening. Echoing comments recently made by CEO Tim Cook, Cue said that technology companies have a special responsibility to members of the public, most of whom now depend upon personal devices to receive their news. With that in mind, Cue said that while there was no simple way to counter the spread of fake news, the company is working on methods to reduce its dissemination.


"We want Apple News to be available to everyone, but we want to vet and make sure that the news providers are legitimate. We're very concerned about all of the news items and the clickbait from that standpoint, and that's driving a lot of the news coverage. We're trying to do some things in Apple News, we're learning from that and we need to share that together as an industry and improve it."
Fake news has been a trending topic since last year's U.S. Presidential election, with companies like Facebook making loud statements about the action they have taken to bring the quality of articles to users' attention.

Last week, Tim Cook admitted that fake news is "one of today's chief problems" and that "we have to give the consumer tools" to deal with the challenge. Companies like Apple should "filter part of it" before it reaches the public, he said, but in a way that avoids "losing the great openness of the internet".

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13 months ago

I hope you're not implying that the BBC isn't biased.


Biased and fake are separate issues.

Biased=reporting ONLY the facts that shows "my candidate's" good points.

Fake= making up stuff.
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13 months ago
FYI to the Facebooks and now Apples of the world, going down the editorial route isn't going to be a wise decision.
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13 months ago

Here's how you deal with fake news:

Use your goddamn common sense, and don't believe something the moment you see it. Search around, use your brain to determine whether the news would make sense, and then decide for yourself.

If you can't do that then don't ever go on a news website again.


Agreed. Trouble is - 'common sense' means a totally different thing to different people. For 8 years, a work mate of mine thought it was 'common sense' that Obama was about to semd out the national guard to go house to house to confiscate weapons.
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13 months ago
Delete Apple News and go to decent sources.

bbc.co.uk ('http://bbc.co.uk')
cbc.ca ('http://cbc.ca')
abc.net.au ('http://abc.net.au')
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13 months ago
Here's how you deal with fake news:

Use your goddamn common sense, and don't believe something the moment you see it. Search around, use your brain to determine whether the news would make sense, and then decide for yourself.

If you can't do that then don't ever go on a news website again.
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13 months ago

Delete Apple News and go to decent sources.

bbc.co.uk ('http://bbc.co.uk')
cbc.ca ('http://cbc.ca')
abc.net.au ('http://abc.net.au')


I hope you're not implying that the BBC isn't biased.
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13 months ago

You don't think that a aggregator can be biased? Have you looked at Drudge Report ever?

You realize you get to choose the sources, can you do that on Drudge...no. So what's your point, other than not understanding or possible never using Apple News or Google News?
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According to Cue it seems it will also become a censorship platform. Anybody that pays attention knows that Apple is always politically correct. Which means that fake news according to Apple is anything that does not support political correctness (which is always defined by a minority of people supported by the major media outlets).

Now the major media outlets have been supplying fake news for years, and they are paying for it by losing revenue and being forced to reduce staff. If the tech companies get in on this propaganda bandwagon they will lose also.

A company either stands for freedom of speech or they don't. There is no in-between. Apple has never stood for freedom of speech, only freedom to not hurt Apple's image. If they take the next step, then it will hurt in the long term as more than half of the country (here in the US) does not support Apple's style of political correctness.

But that does that half support Fox News/Drudge style of of echo chamber selective reporting? That's simply conformation bias nothing more. Anybody, regardless of political slant is an idiot if they only watch/read sources they agree with exclusively.
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13 months ago
"We've got great things in the pipeline. Totally alternative things. It'll be big, fantastic. Best things ever."
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13 months ago
Personally, I don't reference Apple news. But at least they are trying to address and rectify the issue. If they want to be relevant as a trusted platform, this is definitely should be addressed to clean up any misconceptions that are being reported.

Cue is right though. There is no real definitive solution to hault all fabricated news, but tools can be used to filter it the best they can.
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13 months ago
thicker batteries are fake news to apple
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