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Facebook to Have Users Decide What Is 'High Quality' News

23 January 2018

In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources.

Mr Zuckerberg said he expects recently announced changes to shrink the amount of news on Facebook by 20 per cent, to about 4 per cent of all content from 5 per cent now.

"We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective", Mr Zuckerberg wrote in his post, rejecting the idea that the company rank news outlets' trustworthiness itself.

Neil Patel, publisher of conservative site Daily Caller, stated that, "For a company that wields this much power to make these kind of decisions with zero transparency really scares me", cited by the New York Times.

What was once a curated feed of videos, articles and headlines from followed pages, our Facebook news feeds will now more likely be filled with statuses from friends and family - items considered more meaningful social exchanges, according to the social media platform.

"The overhaul of the news feed spells trouble not only for publishers and traffic but also for brands, which stand to lose the audience they worked (and paid) to build up themselves".

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In a post shortly after New Year's Day, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed that 2018 would be be the year when he will "fix" his social network.

"There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today", Zuckerberg said in a post.

One Forbes contributor invoked Big Brother, saying that Facebook was fast making "Orwell's 1984 a reality".

Facebook, which has come under fire for the spread of fake news on its service, recently said it will reduce the amount of content from brands and other company pages - including those run by publishers - in the news feed. We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that's not something we're comfortable with.

The social network announced an adjustment to its NewsFeed algorithms that will mean users see less content from publishers, including news sites like EWN. If Facebook is seeking true impartiality, the only way to accomplish it may be to remove news postings from users' feeds entirely, a highly unlikely outcome given how integral they've become. Last year Facebook came under considerable scrutiny after being accused of being the engine of fake news during the USA elections. Facebook says it will start prioritizing news sources deemed trustworthy in the USA and then internationally.

The system will become part of Facebook's ongoing quality surveys.

Facebook to Have Users Decide What Is 'High Quality' News