Fb Defends Two-Query Survey to Curb Pretend Information

Posted January 26, 2018

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"If large numbers of people tell Facebook that a publisher is untrustworthy, its content could be restricted for distribution on the Facebook newsfeed".

Facebook has defended its plans to purge the website of its fake news problem after it emerged that the social network is using a simple two-question survey to gauge users' trust in publications. And rather than taking the help of some expert or AI-powered system, Facebook would go the old-school way and conduct public surveys.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. But a question to be asked here is would it be a well-thought decision to rely on crowd-funded data sourced from a platform used to affect U.S. elections and which is also a frequent launchpad for fake news.

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He said publishers' "trust scores" would not affect most publishers, but only those about which Facebook had enough information.