CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday the social media network is using surveys to rate news organizations and assign them trust scores.
"We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us".
The move follows a major change in policy from Facebook earlier in January, in which it said it would deemphasize "public content" such as news articles, video clips from TV networks, and advertisements, and instead prioritize messages from friends and family members. International Travel, meanwhile, acknowledges the need to "focus (on) having more interactive posts so as to maintain a high level of customer engagement with our followers" on Facebook with its recent News Feed changes.
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"There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today", wrote Zuckerberg. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds.
These changes will not affect the news users see, but rather the quality to provide "trusted sources".
Facebook said Friday it will ask its 2 billion users to rank the news outlets they trust most after criticism over allowing fake news to spread, according to a report Friday. In 2016, Republican US lawmakers expressed concern that Facebook, based in liberal Northern California, was suppressing news stories of interest to conservative readers. The company will start by tackling the trustworthiness aspect first. Now Facebook wants to return to its social media roots and be all about individuals talking with each other.
So far, the new prioritization is only rolling out in the U.S. After some difficulty, Zuckerberg and Facebook made a decision to let users rank news source trustworthiness. "We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that's not something we're comfortable with", the Facebook chairman said. Because as Facebook is now making increasingly clear, we're all, ultimately, responsible for vetting our own media consumption, even on social media. Updated 1:49 p.m. PT: Added background about false news efforts.