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TED Conversations should incorporate fact checking
TED Conversations is great in many ways. One valuable addition would be a tool to allow people to cite facts and substantiate facts of others (or show them as incorrect). It would be something along the lines of what Wikipedia does. As with Wikipedia, people are willing to do this.
Granted, people can add a comment right now with facts, but this would be an in-line citation to see and check while you are reading any one point of view.
It would limit the spreading of bad data. It would encourage people to get their facts straight and would lend even more value to reading through discussions. It would take TED Conversations to a new level to incorporate fact checking.
Closing Statement from Drew Bixby
Fact checking is not a perfect science. The concept can be "fuzzy", but that does not mean we disregard it all together. Citations on facts empower readers to determine for themselves the good/bad quality of the data and the source.