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Context is important, particularly when combating misinformation. But how much context does a typical user need, and how can we can clarify content at scale?

atthis.link/blog/2021/context.

@0066cc While reading this, it occurred to me that a lot of the discussion around curbing misinformation seems to focus on social media. It's a little alarming that these efforts haven't been extended to media outlets.

Freedom of the press might be cited as a reason for this but many media outlets have long demonstrated a blatant disregard for truth and factual reporting. During the Capitol building protest in the US at the beginning of the year, several mainstream sources reported that a police officer died after being assaulted with a fire extinguisher. This was later proven to be false but no retraction or admission of error was offered.

The Four Corners Project sounds good since since it gives the user more resources to assist in making an informed decision, but I am skeptical of any tool that attempts to conceal anything other than spam. I hope that more tools are developed to empower users rather than to control what they can see.

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