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Facebook will ask users to rank news source trustworthiness in latest major update by Noblex: 11:18 am On Jan 20

Facebook will ask users to rank news source trustworthiness in latest major update


Along with Facebook announcing the first major changes to its News Feed, the social media service will begin ranking news sources based on trustworthiness as it prioritizes information. Rather than determining news source trustworthiness itself, Facebook will let users decide. This second major change after cutting out news and promoted content in its efforts to “refocus the system,” is to “make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality.”

As for how to achieve this goal of high-quality news, Facebook will look for content to be trustworthy, informative, and local. The company will start by tackling the trustworthiness aspect first. After some difficulty, Zuckerberg and Facebook decided to let users rank news source trustworthiness.

Here are the specifics of how this new change will work: 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.


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. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)

Zuckerberg hopes that these latest two News Feed changes will create more “meaningful interactions” and help people feel their time on Facebook is “well spent.”

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