Facebook Users Will Be Able To Rank News Source Trustworthiness

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The Washington Post that shortly after Facebook announced major changes to their newsfeed, which would prioritize posts from users' friends and family above publications and advertisers, the social media service will now allow users to rank news outlets by level of trust.

To do so, he said, Facebook made a decision to rely on member surveys as the most "objective" way to rank trust in news sources. 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. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground", he added. Right now, it's unclear how Facebook will work to avoid attempts to game the system, whether it's through use of bots, group reporting or other methods.

The hard question we've struggled with is how to decide what news sources are broadly trusted in a world with so much division.

Facebook has announced that it wants its users to see high-quality news in their feed as it makes changes to make the site more personal to you. He also promised that Facebook will show lesser unpaid posts from publishers and brands and more content from family and friends.

News Corp owner of the New York Post and other outlets, responded to the earlier Facebook announcement with a pledge to look for "any signs that the weighting of news sites is politically motivated".

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, speaks during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA, 24 June 2016 (reissued 11 January 2018).

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"After this change, we expect news to make up roughly four per cent of News Feed - down from roughly five per cent today".

Users' timelines will now include about 4 percent news, down from 5 percent before the shift.

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

Instead, News Feed head Adam Mosseri said that users are being polled on what outlets they believe trustworthy or otherwise, and that data will be used to rank outlets.

According to him, the new update will not change the amount of news people see on Facebook.

Many factors determine where a post appears in a Facebook user's News Feed: from the subject of the post, to who wrote it, to who is commenting on it.