FACEBOOK TWEAKS ITS NEWS POLICY

Jan 19, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Facebook is announcing a second major adjustment to its algorithm –  saying it will prioritize news based on “survey results of trustworthiness.”

Facebook says it is surveying users about their familiarity with – and trust in – news sources.

And that data will influence what users see.

Facebook announced last week that it would try to have fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebrities – and more from friends and family.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday – because of that – news posts will make up 4 per cent of the news feed in the future – down from 5 per cent today.

The changes come as Facebook has struggled to deal with fake news on its platform – and Russian-linked content meant to influence the 2016 U.S. elections.

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