Facebook to ask users to rank news publishers by trustworthiness

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Facebook stated that they, "surveyed a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the USA to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news", in order to create the new "trusted sources" ranking.

'There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation in the world today. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground", Zuckerberg wrote.

The social-media giant, a major source of news for users, has struggled to brush off an uproar over fake news and Russian-linked posts, alleged to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, on its platform.

Zuckerberg, in a post on Facebook said:"As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they're familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source".

"We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective", he wrote in his post.

"And we're starting next week with trusted sources", Zuckerberg added.

The Internet has plenty to say in response to the announcement.

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This is contained in separate releases published Facebook Head of News Feed, Adam Mosseri, and Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg, in efforts to make sure the time people spend on Facebook is time well spent.

Earlier on January 12, 2018, Facebook announced it would be making major changes to the News Feed to prioritize updates from friends and family, while de-emphasizing news and brands, to try and foster what CEO Mark Zuckerberg described as "meaningful interaction." .

Facebook says the surveys will come from a cross section of its users, but it's unknown just how many users it plans to survey or how it will determine that cross section. "Facebook has stopped being fun and is now frustrating", one Facebook user lamented. The change sees Facebook trying to "prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local", but rather than imposing its own ideas or relying on third parties, the site will instead crowdsource the notion of reliability and trustworthiness.

"I get ads from places I have absolutely no interest in".

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

We started making changes in this direction past year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products.

Facebook said that ranking by trustworthiness was not meant to directly impact any specific groups of publishers based on their size or ideology.

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