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More New Facebook Newsfeed News

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Friday afternoons. Where breaking news goes to die.

Which makes you wonder why Facebook would drop this news about its most recent adjustment to the Facebook News Feed.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Facebook executive Adam Mosseri indicated the company would start ranking news sources in its feed based on user evaluations of credibility.

The most “broadly trusted” publications—those trusted and recognized by a large cross-section of Facebook users—would get a boost in the news feed, while those that users rate low on trust would be penalized. The change only applies to U.S. users., though Facebook plans to roll it out later internationally.
– via WSJ

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post:

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.)
– via www.facebook.com

He went on to explain that “this update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook. It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.”

So, we (the community) decide who to trust, and Facebook will then act on the data.

This should be interesting.

Written by turbotodd

January 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Posted in 2018, facebook

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