Facebook desires to ensure that its users aren’t coned by stories from deceitful news publications. Hence, it is planning to ask users which news sources they trust. With the new Facebook feed changes, users are now able to rank the credibility of news. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the social media platform is conducting surveys to rate news organizations and assign them trust scores. The Company will employ those scores, together with other factors, to decide how much to display a source in users’ News Feed. Zuckerberg writes in a blog post,
“There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today,” Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them.”
Over the past few weeks, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a series of changes in its News Feed. Recently, the Company has brought some changes in its News Feed algorithm, show you more posts from your friends and family instead of posts from brands and publishers to improve well-being. Today, the CEO followed up with an announcement that the social media network will endeavor to identify and highlight ‘trusted sources’ on the basis of the community feedback.
The new Facebook feed changes aim at making sure that the news people see, while less overall, are of high quality. Last year, the Company put itself out to trim down fake news and click-bait, and to annihilate the economic incentives for spammers to push these articles in the first place. However, in 2018, the CEO Zuckerberg has vowed to fix Facebook when it comes to coping with abuse, hate, and fake news on the website.
With the new changes in Facebook feed, the blue platform will not only prioritize news from publications that the community rates as trustworthy but will also show news that people find informative and are relevant to people’s local community.
The latest FB Feed changes allow its 2Bn monthly active users to rank news sources by quality. To be clear, you can still choose which stories show at the top of News Feed with the See First feature. Starting next week, you’ll be able to rank news sources as trustworthy by using the Trusted Sources feature. However, the new Facebook feed changes will currently go live in the U.S. only; the Company has plans to roll out the changes internationally in the future.
In order to rank and make enhancements to News Feed, the Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur relies on a set of core values. These values help the site keep the central experience of News Feed intact as it develops. On top of that, Facebook is even making it easier for users to see local news and information in a dedicated section.
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