Facebook announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31 that it’s changing up its algorithms to get rid of fake news sites in users’ News Feeds.
According to a Mashable article, Facebook said the algorithm switch would boost posts users consider “genuine and not misleading, sensational or spammy.” The site hopes to decrease the amount of click bait and spam circulating around its network and move up the newsworthy content users want to see when they log in.
The site commenced its fight against fake news at the end of 2016. The plan is to pay more attention to Pages and People sections by adding more markers to posts, which will signal to algorithms whether or not the post’s information is authentic or spam. Facebook said it found many pages would post fake content to get more views, likes and comments. Facebook explained how this will affect different Pages in a blog post.
“We anticipate that most Pages won’t see any significant changes to their distribution in News Feed…some Pages might see a small increase in referral traffic or outbound clicks, and some Pages might see minor decreases. Pages should continue to post stories that are relevant to their audiences.”
Posts will be ranked by noteworthy content, as well as based on a user’s personal interest, which is based on their likes, reactions and shares. Facebook began its mission to cleanse the site of fake information after being under fire for allowing false reports and Internet hoaxes to across the platform. Facebook has also been accused of influencing the outcome of the election.
It’s been said that it’s becoming a media company fact checker rather than strictly a social platform. Some argue that this will cause more problems than it will solve, as the site will bring in “third-party” fact checkers—or “watchmen”—to decide what’s credible. What do you think?
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