Break Big Tech's grip on the 'black box'

A massive insurance scandal and the break-up of Ma Bell offer lessons on ways to deal with technology giants

It takes more than a village to stop misinformation on the Internet.

On March 8, Facebook finally made some moves to limit the spread of anti-vaccination posts and hoaxes. It will use standards long adopted by the World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to identify misconceptions about vaccines, and then trace the groups and pages that actively spread misinformation about vaccinations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Break Big Tech's grip on the 'black box''. Subscribe