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South Park slams Facebook for selling fake news

South Park slams Facebook for selling fake news
From TechCrunch - October 12, 2017

I make money from Facebook for my fake content in order to pay Facebook to promote my fake stories, said Professor Chaos in one of the most brutal and succinct criticisms of the social network to date. The latest episode of South Park pulled no punches in its take-down of the Facebook fake news scandal. It poses Mark Zuckerberg as an indecipherable bully protecting fake news spreaders for profit and says kids cant recognize lies on the app, while blaming everyone for allowing Facebook so deep into our lives.

Meanwhile, the episode pokes fun at Netflix for greenlighting low-quality original series, and riffs on the horrible abuse of women by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

South Parks intense, episode-long focus on Facebooks fake news problems underlines the severity of the mainstream backlash. The blunt characterization of Facebook and Zuckerberg, and the direct harm fake news has on the shows protagonists, could force the company to see its actions and explanations through the lens of the public.

Children lack the cognitive ability to determine whats true

Spoilers ahead. If you care, you should probably just watch the 22-minute episode, which was both funny and jaw-dropping in how aggressively it attacks Zuckerberg, in particular.

The plot is essentially that the school boys of South Park have formed a superhero team and are trying to sell to Netflix an original TV series based on their adventures. But their nemesis, Professor Chaos, ruins their reputation and Netflix deal by publishing fake news on Facebook saying the heroes do disgusting things, and then promotes those stories with Facebook ads.

Look fellas, you have a right to be on Facebook, and I have a right to be on Facebook, and sometimes thats gonna cause a littlechaos, says the villain.

The line seems to reference, or at least align with,Zuckerbergs statement about Donald Trump accusing Facebook of being anti-Trump. Zuckerberg responded that Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they dont like. Thats what running a platform for all ideas looks like.

Professor Chaos goes on to build a profitable fake news and ads farm. The parents of South Park start seeing the fake news, and believe the kids are performing unspeakable sex acts on innocent victims.

But one parent stands up and says [Warning: Graphic Language]: We all know theres been a lot of mixing of truth and fiction on Facebook lately, and children lack the cognitive ability to determine whats true and what isnt on Facebook. Thats now why we have kids dressing up in costumes, eating poop, and having sex with antelopes in our town.

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