Facebook wants users to judge which news sources are most trustworthy

21 January, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Darren Santiago
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Previously, Facebook changed its focus on news feed by announcing that they were refocusing on items shared by your friends and family, instead of just straight news.

Facebook announced on Friday that it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.

"There's too much sensationalism, misinformation, and polarisation in the world today", he wrote.

Talking about how would one determine if a source is trustworthy, Zuckerberg said that tey considered making the decision themselves or seeking outside help such as experts, but neither of these solutions could be considered truly objective, and so their solution would be to crowdsource opinions of their users. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground", he added.

We started making changes in this direction previous year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products. We also send freebies and lots of other goodies exclusively to our email subscribers.

Facebook will soon begin favoring news sources its users consider trustworthy, in an attempt to quell the spread of disinformation on its platform.

Facebook recently announced other reforms that, the company estimates, will result in less news in the News Feed overall - from the current 5 percent down to an estimated 4 percent.

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys.

Two years ago, Facebook users saw hoaxes saying Pope Francis endorsed Republican Donald Trump for U.S. president and that a federal agent investigating Democrat Hillary Clinton was found dead.

Last week, Zuckerberg said the company would change the way it filters posts and videos on News Feed to prioritise what friends and family share.

Facebook said that news outlets that are "broadly trusted" might see a huge uptick in traffic, while less trusted sources may see a downswing. In 2016, Republican US lawmakers expressed concern that Facebook, based in liberal Northern California, was suppressing news stories of interest to conservative readers.

Some of these changes include prioritising "trustworthy" news as well as cutting back on public posts that people see in their feeds. Naturally, many publishers may be anxious about where they will end up on Facebook's ranking of trust sources.


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