Apr 24, 2018

LinkedIn CEO: There's no easy fix for fake news

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells Axios that "arguably the most important" way LinkedIn stays ahead of fake news and platform abuse is "manual curation and the role of editors."

  • "To have qualified, highly-expert editors making decisions in terms of what's being seen and by whom, that can be very helpful,"Weiner says.
  • The company also uses machine learning and "social cues and viral signals" that its membership is creating to elevate what's buzzy.

Why it matters: Weiner suggests that fake news has been created, in part, as a result of companies moving away from vetting content.

  • "When companies, publishers, news outlets — when any organization that historically was focused on creating quality content — builds a business based on a business model that is, in part, driven by traffic and clicks, talk about unintended consequences."
  • "You're going to see potentially a regression towards that action as opposed to the founding principles of the company, which is to deliver, hopefully, a quality experience and hopefully a factual experience and hopefully an experience that has been vetted and triangulated and isn't about being first or the most provocative or the most titillating."
  • "And we are increasingly getting away from that and it's being complicated in a very material way, by the rise of technologies that facilitates the counter to virtually everything I just said."

Be smart: Other tech platforms that use editors include Snapchat, Apple News and Flipboard.

Go deeper: Weiner says LinkedIn can be seen as an economic graph that's “digitally mapping the global economy across six different pillars.”

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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