Facebook Hinting Newsfeed Change in the Form of Trusted Sites Rankings

It seems Facebook really wants to assure that people get it right when it comes to taking in and sharing news, and they intend on more aggressively assuring that people get it right, as defined by Facebook.  Their latest suggested newsfeed change will come in the form of ranking “trusted” sites.

I’m betting that their system of ranking, if it becomes obvious that sites are being ranked as trusted that seem to fit the progressive state agenda, that the ranking will serve to let many people know what sites NOT to trust (the ones Facebook deems as trustworthy), but, I suppose we shall see.

Facebook’s next news feed tweak: ranking ‘trusted’ sources

…..the CEO followed up with an announcement that the site will try to identify and highlight “trusted sources” based on community feedback. While the combination of these changes is apparently only going to change the mix of news in feeds from five percent to four percent, its stated claim is to avoid ” sensationalism, misinformation and polarization.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the VP of product management who oversees the news feed, Adam Mosseri, said “This is an interesting and tricky thing for us to pursue because I don’t think we can decide what sources of news are trusted and what are not trusted, the same way I don’t think we can’t decide what is true and what is not.” Under increasing scrutiny from the media, users and regulators about its control over the information seen by billions of people every day, it appears Facebook’s first choice is to attempt regulation by its own users.

…..In an email to Engadget, a Facebook spokesperson noted that it had considered these concerns. Their statement in full is included below.


Facebook offers a platform for people to gain access to an ideologically diverse set of views. People value this, and it is important to us. It was also important to us to get it right. So, we surveyed a vast, broadly representative range of people (which helps – among other measures – to prevent the gaming-of-the-system or abuse issue you noted) within our Facebook community to develop the roadmap to these changes – changes that are not intended to directly impact any specific groups of publishers based on their size or ideological leanings. Instead, we are making a change so that people can have more from their favorite sources and more from trusted sources. I’d also add that this is one of many signals that go into News Feed ranking. We do not plan to release individual publishers’ trust scores because they represent an incomplete picture of how each story’s position in each person’s feed is determined.


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