We are now hopeful of getting trust worthy news from news sharing on Facebook. Facebook management has started working on how to provide priority to trust worthy news sources. After a post published by Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook Page on Friday 19th January 2018, medias in every part of the world are now abuzz about his efforts to clean the faking news scenario.
In his post, Mark Zuckerberg’s has said, “I’ve asked our product teams to make sure we prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we’re starting next week with trusted sources.” According to information available on his post, Facebook was working on this for some time with different options to how to decide what news sources are broadly trusted in a world with so much division. Finally, Facebook product team decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.
In his post the FB Founder has reveled more details on their efforts to create FB a place to minimize fake news.
He says, “Here’s how this will work. As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.) This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook. It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.”
It is noteworthy that this commitment to clean fake news is an outcome of demands from MPs for Facebook and Twitter to provide further information on alleged Russian social media meddling in the run-up to the June 2016 referendum.