Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

New Facebook update to prioritise trustworthy news Zuckerberg

While many saw this as a reckoning for Facebook-dependent media outlets, Zuckerberg clarified in his post today that the changes should result in the brand news, images, and video making up roughly four percent of users' news feeds, instead of the approximately roughly five percent of the feed that content now fills today.

My hope is that this update about trusted news and last week's update about meaningful interactions will help make time on Facebook time well spent: where we're strengthening our relationships, engaging in active conversations rather than passive consumption, and, when we read news, making sure it's from high quality and trusted sources.

In one survey, people were asked if they recognized a number of websites and then asked, "How much do you trust each of these domains?" That data will influence what others see in their news feeds.

The latest move comes a week after Facebook announced a major update to its user feed that highlights what friends and family share on the network, over advertisements, celebrity and media posts.

"We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that's not something we're comfortable with", Zuckerberg said.

"For some time, we have argued that Facebook should give priority to news from trusted sources", David Chavern, head of industry group News Media Alliance, said in a statement. Publishers with lower scores may see a drop in their distribution across Facebook.

"The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don't follow them directly". This seems to be a reaction by Facebook to criticism over the alleged spread of "fake news" across their platform. But this is complicated. Roughly a third of Democrats in early 2017 said they trusted information from national news organisations a lot; only 11 per cent of Republicans did, according to Pew Research Center; that gap had grown from early 2016.

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