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  • Facebook Is Going To Let Users Rank News Credibility

As such, posts from news pages will populate a smaller portion of users news feeds, and Facebook will trust users to determine what sources should appear.

The company said it would ask its more than 2 billion users to rank the news organizations they trusted in order to prioritize "high-quality news" over less trusted sources. While many users may welcome more posts from friends and fewer memes, posts from news outlets encourage political conversation on the social network, the report 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.

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Zuckerberg said the company is not "comfortable" deciding what news users see, but he is willing to prioritize personal interactions and friends' posts over news. In reflecting on those challenges, company executives said they no longer want to be an arbitrator of the content people see.

"There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today". This comes after putting loads of effort into building up Facebook as the place where people get their news. It will use those scores, along with other factors, to decide how much to show a source in people's news feeds.

On January 12, Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post that Facebook was making major changes in its newsfeed algorithm.

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To do so, he said, Facebook chose to rely on member surveys as the most "objective" way to rank trust in news sources. A source's broad trust is one of many signals that determine stories' ranking in News Feed.

Zuckerberg said social media's power to distribute content quickly and widely makes Facebook responsible to promote "high quality news". We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem.

"This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook", he said.

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