Facebook will ask us to decide what's 'high quality' news

CNET | 1/19/2018 | Ian Sherr,
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Facebook is shaking up your news feed yet again.

After announcing last week that it will prioritize posts from friends and family members over those from brands and publishers, the social media site will also begin focusing on news that comes from "trusted sources."

Statement - Facebook - Page - CEO - Mark

In a statement posted to -- where else? -- his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that though posts from news publications will make up a small amount of a user's news feed (about 4 percent), his company isn't up to the task of choosing which sources are trustworthy.

So, Facebook will ask us to choose instead.

Part - Quality - Surveys - Facebook - Users

It'll work like this: As part of ongoing quality surveys Facebook conducts with users, the social network will begin asking if people know a news source and whether they trust it. Ultimately, Zuckerberg said, this will help the company determine what's a broadly trustworthy source and what isn't.

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

Move - Facebook - Effort - Service - Machine

The move marks Facebook's latest effort to respond to concerns its service was twisted into a propaganda machine during the 2016 US election. We've learned that publishers have abused Facebook's algorithm and enticed the company's audience of more than 2 billion people to click on, like, and share sensational stories and click-bait headlines, and we've seen how Facebook's powerful audience can be used to spread false and malicious stories.

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