Facebook has announced a change in the way it presents articles on its platform. From now on, it is the content at the source of the informa...
Facebook has announced a change in the way it presents articles on its platform. From now on, it is the content at the source of the information that is highlighted. A way to fight against fake news in a decisive year for the network.
Facebook is at a turning point in its history. As the US presidential election approaches, the social network is determined not to make the same mistakes as in 2016 when its system was hijacked for political purposes. This requires the fight against misinformation and this new measure follows this trend.
Facebook has announced that it will give priority to articles that are the source of information in users' news feeds. For example, if several articles take up a piece of information by citing a particular media as a source, it will be the latter that will appear first on the platform. For the moment, this system is only applied to English-language articles, but Facebook says it is working on other languages. However, the company is seeking to reassure people that articles published by media that you or your friends follow will always have priority in the classic news feed.
Get rid of ideological articles
This decision is really trying to sink the fake news relays. Some unscrupulous sites do not hesitate to take real information and twist it to fit their ideology. Exactly what the network, which is walking on eggshells in this presidential year, is trying to avoid.
What's more, Facebook is going to try to give less visibility to sites that broadcast unsigned content, or that lack transparency on the identity of their authors. The targeted sites are of course those that surf fake news for political purposes. The company affirms that professional sites will see no difference in their traffic, whether they are authors of content or just relays. It is indeed the fake news sites that are targeted here.
Facebook is doing everything to take care of its image. The company has taken several measures to avoid a new fiasco worthy of Cambridge Analytica. For example, propaganda articles are now reported. Similarly, old news items are also marked as "old". Moreover, the company has taken the decision to launch a vast information campaign on the presidential election.
Will this be enough? We wait and see.