Indeed, one could make the argument that an authoritative news module from Facebook would actually be a civil benefit: at least we would all be starting from a common set of facts. What is far more damaging — and far more engaging, and thus lucrative for Facebook — is all of us in our own virtual neighborhoods of our own making, liking opinions that tell us we’re right instead of engaging with viewpoints that make us question our assumptions.
I am shocked, shocked that news media is making a case out of the wrong thing here. That 'Trending News' is human curated is interesting of itself. I am not particularly against it - read all of Ben's notes here.
The larger problem is the self selecting 'likes' leading to facebook's incentives. I highly recommend reading the whole of Ben's post and then follow up by reading these two -
- Rise of Authoritarianism - Vox
- The Single Most Important fact about American politics on how polarization is here to stay and it is likely to get worse before better.