Facebook provides update on trusted sources initiative
Starting next week, Facebook will begin tests to prioritize news from publications that the community rates as trustworthy. The company surveyed a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the US to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news. This data will help to inform ranking in News Feed. Facebook will start with the US and plan to roll this out internationally in the future. When the company ranks and make improvements to News Feed, it relies on a set of core values. One of the News Feed values is that the stories should be informative. For informative sources, the company will continue to improve on the work where it began asking people to rank the informativeness of updates in their feed on a scale of one to five. As announced this month, Facebook is making it easier for people to see local news and information in a dedicated section. The company will continue to work on ways to show more local news that is relevant to where people live. It will be working on these efforts for the rest of the year. For the first change in the US next week, publications deemed trustworthy by people using Facebook may see an increase in their distribution. Publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease.