RIGGED: Leftist Facebook will reportedly begin to rank news outlets based on surveys it conducts with selected readers to favor “trusted sources.”
Facebook will reportedly begin to rank news outlets based on the level of trust users have in them as determined by surveys conducted by the social media platform.
I think we can all figure out what “selected readers” means
The Washington Post reports that shortly after Facebook announced major changes to their newsfeed, which would prioritize posts from users’ friends and family above publications and advertisers, the social media service will now allow users to rank news outlets by level of trust. This seems to be a reaction by Facebook to criticism over the alleged spread of “fake news” across their platform. Facebook previously appointed ABC News and Snopes, among others, as arbiters of fake news, but it seems that the company will now use a survey of users to determine which news sources are trusted the most.
Facebook users are going to have to take extra steps if they truly want to see News Feed posts from their favorite sports teams, news media outlets, their local churches, restaurants they like and more.
Posts from Facebook pages are being de-prioritized so users have more interactions with friends and family and see less content from businesses and brands.
“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.”
— Facebook’s newsroom blog, Jan. 11, 2018
While content from reputable publishers will surface in News Feed, Facebook has not said how it will define which are considered reputable. This could mean legitimate news articles from trustworthy media will not show to Facebook users.
This News Feed change is not the same as a recent test Facebook did where it moved all Page content to the Explore tab.
“Page posts will still appear in News Feed, though there may be fewer of them,” Facebook’s newsroom blog post says.
How to see Facebook Page posts:
• Go to News Feed Preferences on Facebook.com or in the app
• Choose “See First” for the pages you want to see in your news feed