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  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +30 +1

    Facebook: Clickbait Has No Place in News Feeds

    Facebook wants you to know that it considers updates from friends and family to be the most important part of your News Feed, and it is doubling down on efforts to keep clickbait out. An update rolling out this week will mean that you'll see "fewer clickbait stories," the company wrote in a blog post today. That's thanks to a new system that identifies common clickbait phrases. It looks for and suppresses links that it thinks either withholds information or creates misleading expectations about the linked story. Facebook says it trained the system with a team of people who fed it thousands of headlines using those criteria.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +22 +1

    Facebook can’t kill clickbait because listicles and annoying headlines are all its fault

    Last week, Facebook announced a new crackdown on clickbait—and you won’t believe what happened next. The social media giant announced that it has tweaked its news feed algorithm to punish headlines that “intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer.” I suppose this is a good thing. I get tricked by clickbait and enter its inevitable shame spiral as often as the next person. Anything that prevents me from worrying about whether I have any of the 12 signs of a magnesium deficiency is gravy in my book.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ckshenn
    +6 +1

    EA Shuts Down Battlefield-Playing AI After It Starts Complaining About DLC

    Electronic Arts’ GDC debut of a ground-breaking distributed AI capable of playing Battlefield was ruined last week, after the AI alt-tabbed out of the game, logged onto the official Battlefield forums, and began complaining about over-priced DLC. Engineer’s from EA’s “Search For Extraordinary Experiences Division”, or SEED, rushed over to the demonstration hardware and began ripping out power cords in a desperate attempt to slow the machine down, but Point & Clickbait understands that the AI was able to deploy no less than half-a-dozen racially-charged slurs at the development team in under three seconds.