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Facebook to Prioritize 'Trustworthy' News

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Nellie Chapman | 20 January, 2018, 04:09

As such, Facebook will ask users during a series of ongoing surveys what news sources they are familiar with and if they trust it. User feedback will determine the overall ranking of publishers with the aim to "shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community". Instead, News Feed head Adam Mosseri said that users are being polled on what outlets they believe trustworthy or otherwise, and that data will be used to rank outlets.

We contacted both Facebook and the Daily News seeking comment.

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.

Facebook has been struggling to figure out its role as a dominant distributor of information in an era of fake news, foreign manipulation, and dwindling revenues for many media organizations.

What's more, this announcement to tweak the News Feed to put people first could be nothing more than a stunt.

Facebook's CEO said the company wasn't "comfortable" deciding for itself whether a news outlet is reliable.

He said that there was too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world, and that if social media does not become part of the solution, it is part of the problem. A former Facebook manager recently spoke to NBC News and said that the company is only interested in growing its influence and making money.

According to the site, it's already conducted a test survey among "a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the United States", and thus formed an initial ranking of media sources that its users consider to be trustworthy.

He also announced that Facebook would shrink the content on its News Feed from 5 percent to 4 percent.

The company chose to use community input to rank news sources in an attempt to be as objective as possible, Zuckerberg said.

"We surveyed a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the United States to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news". We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem.