Fake News Takes a Surprising Turn

March 15, 2019

I must admit I don’t pay much attention to Wikipedia pages. I don’t pay much attention to Wikipedia. When anyone can post, edit, and generate “accurate” content—I look elsewhere for information. I do pay attention to Wikipedia when allegations such as those appearing in “Facebook, Axios And NBC Paid This Guy To Whitewash Wikipedia Pages” find their way to my inbox.

The write up asserts:

NBC, too, apparently decided to put Sussman’s service to use in the aftermath of The New Yorker’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein report and, later, the allegations of sexual misconduct against Matt Lauer.

You can read the original article to get details on the person Sussman.

What interests me is that a news organization is apparently taking steps to shape the news about itself.

Fake news or shaped news? PR or weaponization? With access to online publishing and TV broadcasting channels, NBC was at a loss to deal with a Wikipedia page in a more direct manner?

Interesting. If true, of course.

Stephen E Arnold,  March 15, 2019

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