There are a variety of ways in which we can receive our news about what’s going on in our local communities or collectively as a nation. Gone are the days where television serves as the only source for this news. It is becoming more common for many of us to reference our social media channels for quick updates on recent news stories. Among these social platforms, Facebook is viewed by users as a go-to source for news.
It would be remiss to say that all news publishers we’ve seen on Facebook are one-hundred percent trustworthy. Facebook is aware of this situation and they are actively making efforts to help improve the user experience. In January of this year, Facebook announced that they will be looking to prioritize news content deemed trustworthy from a group of Facebook users. According to Facebook this group of users that they surveyed were “a diverse and representative sample.”
So how does this newly implemented survey impact what news Facebook users will see? The idea is that “publications deemed trustworthy by people using Facebook may see an increase in their distribution” and “publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease.”
In the coming year, Facebook has made it clear that they are looking to put focus on prioritizing news from publications that are trustworthy, news that people find informative, and news that is relevant to people’s local community.