Facebook Fake News

  • Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

    Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

    You’re vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers. Meanwhile, Facebook is giving more exposure to Trending Topics on mobile. Rather than only… Read More

  • Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

    Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

    Facebook’s leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it’s putting its muscle to good use. The social network is bringing its battle against clickbait abroad, getting more precise about which link headlines it downranks in News Feed, and starting to demote individual posts instead of just web domains and Facebook Pages. The updates are part of a News Feed… Read More

  • Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

    Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

    Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm change announced today. Facebook defines a “low-quality site” as one “containing little substantive content, and that is covered in disruptive, shocking or malicious ads.” Read More

  • Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren’t fake, sensational, or spam

    Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren’t fake, sensational, or spam

    Facebook is prioritizing “authentic” content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content “that people consider genuine, and not misleading, sensational, or spammy.” It’s also giving a boost to stories that are going viral in real-time right now that could help it compete with Twitter for in-the-moment news sharing To build… Read More

  • Facebook Trending adds headlines for context but drops personalization

    Facebook Trending adds headlines for context but drops personalization

    Facebook’s controversial Trending topics feature is sacrificing support for niche interests in favor of an internationally scalable approach that could create nationwide digital water cooler moments you can read at a glance. Facebook is making three significant updates to Trending that will start rolling out in the US today on desktop in the right sidebar. Facebook is adding an… Read More

  • Facebook is looking at ways to mitigate the impact of fake news

    Facebook is looking at ways to mitigate the impact of fake news

    Fake news has been top of mind for a lot of people as of late. After the presidential election in the U.S. and public outcry over the prevalence of false information on Facebook, the company announced measures to prevent fake news from appearing on the platform. But there are still concerns about the civic consequences of fake news and the effect it has on people once it’s already… Read More

  • Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Was that space walk or climb of a massive antenna tower really shot on Facebook Live? No. Is the point of Facebook Live to show a virtual clock counting down to the new year? No. Yet these are some of the videos that have crookedly taken advantage of the notifications and extra News Feed visibility of Facebook Live posts. Read More