NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Recently, reports have risen questioning an invaluable part of what makes a society strong, accurate and transparent news reporting.
Facebook (FB) and Alphabet (GOOGL) are just two online platforms coming under fire for promoting posts on their sites, which they have admitted contained inaccurate reporting.
"We clearly did not get it right, and so this is a learning moment for us, and we will work to fix it," Alphabet's Google CEO Sundar Pichai said.
The Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson joined Friday morning's "Squawk Alley" on CNBC to discuss the controversy. The Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization focused on fostering ethical values in leadership.
"I sometimes wonder whether humanity can survive the Internet," Isaacson said. "This is not one with an easy solution; there are all sorts of shades of truth."
He noted that his preference for obtaining news is not to be confined to only one or two outlets. "I want to have a wide range of choices," he added.
However, he thinks that within that equation of choices, humans should adopt an increased role in filtering out the false reporting.
"It's useful to have humans in the equation to be able to debunk stories and say, this is not something we are going to feature," Isaacson argued.
Another solution outside of increasing the input of human judgment, is to manipulate a website's algorithm. A story receiving more traction through a substantial number of clicks should indicate some degree of validity behind the story.
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