Facebook to prioritize news from 'high quality' and 'trustworthy' sources

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Eventually, the company will broaden its questionnaires in order to prioritize outlets that are "trustworthy, informative, and local".

Facebook said earlier this month it would be shifting its News Feed algorithms to prioritize The News Feed is currently created to prioritize relevant content from friends and family, but now will highlight content that people are likely to regardless if it comes from a peer or a company.

He also announced that Facebook would shrink the content on its News Feed from 5 percent to 4 percent.

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

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

Facebook has been struggling to figure out its role as a dominant distributor of information in an era of fake news, foreign manipulation, and dwindling revenues for many media organizations. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground". In the fall, Facebook began testing a split News Feed, with posts from friends in one location and posts from news publications in another.

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"We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective".

These changes will not affect the news users see, but rather the quality to provide "trusted sources".

Starting Monday, the company will roll out more surveys to more users, asking them to share their thoughts on various media sources. Publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease.

Facebook won't be assessing the trustworthiness of news outlets itself. Zuckerberg said he will leave that to the site's users.

And you can choose to view your "Pages Feed" to see news updates from any media outlet or brand that you've chosen to follow. While many lauded this attempt at addressing the problems on the social media site, Facebook's solutions appear to be making everything so much worse.

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