Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust


Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.

Facebook will prioritize news posts from publishers that certain users have flagged as trustworthy, the company announced on Friday.

"Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we'll show less public content".

Instead, Adjie relies on her personal influence to drive engagement and traffic for the company on Facebook. More details on initiatives to identify informative news outlets may be shared later this year, according to a Facebook blog post.

But that was before Facebook faced the wrath of users and USA lawmakers for spreading fake news and potentially manipulating the 2016 presidential election.

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

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

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"When it comes to sweeping changes on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has the final say in the matter", he wrote.

The quality of news on Facebook has been called into question after alleged Russian operatives, for-profit spammers and others spread false reports on the site, including during the 2016 USA election campaign.

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 news outlets - in the news feed. Now Facebook wants to return to its social media roots and be all about individuals talking with each other.

Starting Monday, the company will roll out more surveys to more users, asking them to share their thoughts on various media sources. After some difficulty, Zuckerberg and Facebook made a decision to let users rank news source trustworthiness.

The trust ranking will help to address fake news stories, said David Chavern, president of the News Media Alliance, a trade group for old-line United States newspapers.

"We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that's not something we're comfortable with", Zuckerberg said. Because as Facebook is now making increasingly clear, we're all, ultimately, responsible for vetting our own media consumption, even on social media.