Facebook will ask its 2 billion users to rank their trust in news orgs for ‘Newsfeed’ makeover


Source:  Boing Boing

Facebook today announced major changes to their ‘newsfeed’ which 2 billion people use monthly. Now, Facebook plans to begin asking each user to rank their trust in various news organizations.

CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg today said the social media platform will prioritize “trustworthy” news outlets on your Facebook stream, in an effort to counter “sensationalism” and “misinformation.”

That’s a wiggly way to say they’re doing yet another goofy thing to address the fact that everyone now knows our elections could totally be stolen again, even though Zuckerberg never admitted any culpability for Facebook, and that came after he denied many a time that such a wacky thing was possible. What? That’s crazy! Only it happened, and he was warned, and he let it happen anyway, because profit.

the one story I have been writing for five years is “believing internet user ratings is dumb”

facebook’s gonna bet the whole society on me being wrong pic.twitter.com/QUGtvrTfXp

Walter Hickey (@WaltHickey) January 19, 2018

Friday’s big announcement is the second major shift to the Facebook news feed this month.

They’re grabbing at straws.

From the Washington Post:

The trust rankings will emerge from surveys the company is conducting with its users and is an effort to combat fake news and misinformation that spread across the social network before and after the 2016 election. The changes will also promote local news sources. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company itself is not “comfortable” deciding what news sources are the most trustworthy in a “world with so much division.”

Good luck with that, America. It’s not like you have much choice.

Official Most Trusted News Sources:
1. Boaty McBoatface
2. Tay the racist chatbot
3. Logan Paul
4. Infowars/Oprah (tie) 

Jeff Bercovici (@jeffbercovici) January 19, 2018

Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news sources https://t.co/n4e91YufcE pic.twitter.com/MMt9Q8xauK

Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) January 19, 2018

Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust https://t.co/Khrmd4zkFO @lizzadwoskin

Ellen Nakashima (@nakashimae) January 19, 2018

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