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Facebook to Grade News Outlets by Trustworthiness

Facebook to Grade News Outlets by TrustworthinessFacebook to Grade News Outlets by Trustworthiness

Facebook wants to make sure its users are not “duped by stories from untrustworthy news publications”. So it is asking users which news publications they trust. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday the social media network is using surveys to rate news organizations and assign them trust scores. It will use those scores, along with other factors, to decide how much to show a source in people’s news feeds, CNN reported. “There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today,” Zuckerberg said in a post. “Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them,” he said. The company decided to use community input to rank news sources in an attempt to be as objective as possible, Zuckerberg said. News outlets that score well can expect to see their stories to be more widely distributed on Facebook, while those with lower scores might see less activity. The new program will not affect how much news people see in their feed, according to the company.


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