Facebook To Ask Users What News Organizations They Trust

Cheryl Sanders
January 25, 2018

While many opt to read our stories on our home page or from our email newsletters, we want to continue to make our news available on Facebook for those who prefer it.

A few days back, Facebook said they would bring down the amount of news content in people's News Feed and fill it with personal content from friends and family. Facebook's plan to rank news organizations based on user "trust" surveys has drawn a mixed response. And yet, Facebook was also getting more and more grief over news items in its feeds, especially post-election when people incorrectly wanted to "blame" news on Facebook for Donald Trump's presidential victory.

If you have noticed you're no longer seeing our Facebook page near the top of your newsfeed, a simple adjustment can ensure you are still the first to receive all of our local and breaking news we publish to Facebook throughout the day. And rather than taking the help of some expert or AI-powered system, Facebook would go the old-school way and conduct public surveys.

Like the button if you haven't already and click on the "Following" tab in the upper left part of your screen. "It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community", Zuckerberg wrote. You'll get a pop-up window that lets you "prioritize who to see first".

That's because Facebook's creator Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the social network's algorithm.

These actions by Facebook are a drastic change from its previous policy of allowing its own editors to curate the news. And we're starting next week with trusted sources.

It turns out the survey the company is using asks just two questions: whether a user has heard of a certain website, and whether the user trusts it entirely, a lot, somewhat, barely or not at all.

"It's abhorrent to us that a nation-state used our platform to wage a cyberwar meant to divide society", Chakrabarti said. Many have spent the past 5 years or so desperately trying to "play the Facebook game".

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