Technology investor and former mentor to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Roger McNamee says consumers should not be given the ability to decide what is fake news, arguing that “leaving it to the audience to make those picks is how we got here” during an event on free speech, “misinformation”, and the need for transparency.
“Einstein had a great thing, right, when he said you can’t solve a problem using the same tools that got you into the problem in the first place,” McNamee told the audience after Breitbart News asked his panel — “The Effects of Information Bottlenecks: Propaganda, Misinformation, Loss of Privacy” — why users shouldn’t be allowed to decide what fake news is and whether the implication is users are too stupid.
“The problem with this whole thing is not that people are stupid, it is that they’ve been taught to prefer sensation over substance. They’ve been taught to favor trending over durable,” McNamee, managing director of Elevation Partners, countered.
During the panel’s discussion, however, McNamee emphasized his concern about the “misplaced trust in technology” and the concentration of power “in the hands of a few people.”