Facebook Is Looking To Weed Out Fake News With New ‘Trustworthiness’ Scores
Facebook is working hard to crack down on fake news and spammy false reports by setting ‘Trustworthiness’ Scores for each user
If you’re anything like us, there’s nothing that annoys you more than being bombarded with fake news and spammy false reports over your Facebook feed. Thankfully Facebook has been doing its due diligence in pulling together lists of all the notorious fake news sites so that everything they put out into the world is fact checked.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons explains that scores are based on posts that Facebook users have flagged with the reporting tool. Although people will still tend to flag posts they disagree with and aren’t really fake, posts that are regularly flagged and actually contain fake news show up with higher scores. Users who waste the fact-checker's time are of course discredited with lower scores.
Facebook then uses the score, along with other factors to help the fact-checking team determine which posts need to be prioritized. Although every user technically has a ‘trustworthiness’ score, the tech company probably won’t be letting users know their scores anytime soon. One of the main reasons Facebook wants to keep this information confidential is that its worried that if shared with the public, some may people might find a way to game the system and artificially boost their own score.
In addition to pulling together these scores, the tech giant is also taking a variety of other measures behind the scenes to help clean up the platform – some of which have worked better than others. It has also partnered with organizations like the Atlantic Council in its war on ridding the site of fake news.
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