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20 January 2018, 05:14 | Vera Richards
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With less of their content getting into news feeds, publications are likely to covet "broadly trusted" grades from users. Last week, Zuckerberg said he wanted to promote meaningful social interactions between users by cutting down on public content like news.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday the social media network is using surveys to rate news organizations and assign them trust scores.
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. Zuckerberg acknowledged that having Facebook itself or a third-party consultant to determine the publishers will introduce a layer of subjectivity.
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Executives have regularly backed away from claims that, as one of the world's most influential information portals, Facebook acts as a media organization - with the responsibilities to separate fact from fiction that go along with that mantle.
The change will affect not only links posted by news outlets but also news stories that individuals share, Facebook said. After some difficulty, Zuckerberg and Facebook chose to let users rank news source trustworthiness.
At the same time, Zuckerberg said the amount of news overall on Facebook would shrink to roughly 4 percent of the content on the News Feed from 5 percent now. "And we're starting next week with trusted sources".
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