Facebook to prioritise 'trustworthy' news sources


The move comes after Facebook endured a year of harsh criticism for allowing fake news and misinformation to spread on its social network.

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.

Users will be asked, as they sometimes are about advertising, whether they recognise a news brand and if they trust it.

So Facebook will begin surveying users for the news sources they trust, and tailor its newsfeed based on those results.

Last week, Zuckerberg said the company would change the way it filters posts and videos on News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share. The tests, running in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia, place all the posts from publishers such as news companies inside a new Explore section, requiring users to navigate outside the News Feed to see the posts unless they are shared by a friend.

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In a post on his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the result of changes announced last week to its News Feed will reduce the amount of news users to see to 4% from 5%, a move created to increase the quality of interactions they have on the world's most popular social network, even if they spend less time there. Currently, 5 percent of posts Facebook users see come from news organizations; that number will drop to 4 percent after the redesign.

While Zuckerberg's tone sounds like he's doing right by us, he's also doing right by Facebook.

Today the social media platform has a market capitalization of more than $500 billion and more than, and Zuckerberg is. "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".

The new "trusted sources" ranking, which starts next week, would aim to "make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality" and "helps build a sense of common ground" rather than sow division, Zuckerberg said. News sources should also be "informative" and relevant to people's local communities, the company said Friday.

This isn't the first solution to the news problem that Facebook has tried.