Facebook To Create New Set of Problems By Allowing Users To Rank Which News Outlets Are Considered Trusted Sources 1/22/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Following their announcement they’re changing the amount of news that is seen in your feed, Facebook has now announced that they are gonna use user polls to help determine what websites are considered “trusted sources” on the site.

They want to do this to “build a sense of common ground” with “broadly trusted” sites because you know, our world is pretty politically divided.

I don’t see any good coming from this move. All I see is more division among Facebook users, because if certain right leaning sites including BreitBart or the Daily Caller are left out, and are not viewed as “trust worthy” because, I guess, not enough people voted for them, that’s gonna cause problems and I’m sure BreitBart already has the article ready to publish about Facebook bias, and ditto about websites on the left that are not included as “trusted.” Readers and publishers alike are going to be upset at all of this.

So good luck trying to create a more unified community on Facebook where everyone is on the same page. Also, if you’re listening to this, it means you survived this weekend’s government shutdown and the sky hasn’t fallen.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

https://www.recode.net/2018/1/19/16911272/facebook-rankings-news-sources-user-polls-fake-news

http://www.chadwhittle.com/whittle-weekly-blog/2018/1/17/is-facebook-deemphasizing-news-content-on-users-feeds-because-trump-won-11818-a-whittle-bit-of-commentary

Posted on January 21, 2018 .