Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Facebook to prioritize 'high quality', trustworthy news, Zuckerberg says

Facebook to prioritize 'high quality', trustworthy news, Zuckerberg says

The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed - along with Google and Twitter - to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 United States election.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that social media sites such as his can contribute to "sensationalism, misinformation and polarization. and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them".

The changes come as Facebook has struggled to deal with fake news on its platform and Russian-linked content meant to influence the 2016 US elections. Last week, Facebook announced major changes to News Feed, which entails less public content, like news and nonsense from brands. Users will see more news from sources the community thinks are trustworthy, he said.

The move immediately poses a question: How does Facebook know what's trustworthy? It also said it would put an emphasis on local news sources.

That survey is one of several signals Facebook is using to "inform" the ranking, according to the post, but did not elaborate on the other factors.

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Zuckerberg still wants news to be a part of Facebook, just to a lesser extent.

Facebook is also using today's news to refine last week's roll-out: Zuckerberg says the previously announced changes will reduce the amount of news stories people see in their feed to 4 percent, down from 5 percent.

Sounds. okay? Particularly if you like reading established news sources.

For others like Surabaya-based Aneka Kartika Tours, for which social media is not a main communication tool, any changes to Facebook's algorithms will have minimal impacts on its customer outreach strategy, said director of operations Adjie Wahjono.

"For the first change in the United States next week, publications deemed trustworthy by people using Facebook may see an increase in their distribution". "Publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease". Mosseri's blog post did link to the company's "Publisher Principles", which outline what the company believes is meaningful content that will perform well on the platform. Ahead of the US presidential election in 2016, Facebook was criticized for bias because its human curators of a "Trending Topics" section were only allowed to pick links from a set of sources Facebook designated as trusted, which excluded some conservative sites.

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