Facebook's News Feeds Changes Is Making Everything So Much Worse

Facebook's News Feeds Changes Is Making Everything So Much Worse

The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed - along with Google and Twitter - to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 United States election.

The changes come a week after Facebook announced it will show users posts from friends and family and fewer from brands and companies to increase "meaningful interactions" on the site.

Also a year ago, U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern that Facebook was suppressing stories from conservative news sources. Many people reasonably interpreted that statement to mean they would see less news shared by publishers in their feed. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground".

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

When Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that his Personal Challenge for 2018 would be to focus on fixing his company, one of the first public examples of this is the planned changes for the News Feeds.

Letting Facebook users essentially decide which news outlets are reliable enough to be worthy of "distribution" on the site is a seriously risky endeavor. For some time, we have argued that Facebook should give priority to news from trusted sources. But that the news users do end up seeing will be from "trustworthy, informative and local" sources. We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that's not something we're comfortable with.

He wrote in the blog post: "We surveyed a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the United States to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news". We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem. He said the company chose to rely on member surveys as the most "objective" way to rank trust in news sources.

The social network has long struggled with fake or misleading news on its platform.