Tuesday, October 11

Facebook Starts Rating Its Users On How Reliable They Are At Flagging False News

Now the Facebook has begun rating its users’ credibility in order to let the social network know how much they are supposed to value the reports of users as many new stories have been false. There have been incessant cases taking place when many of the fake stories were disseminated among the people.

Now Facebook is clearly showing its concern about the role which is being played by it as a leading platform where most of this so-called news is being shared and spread, Facebook is trying to recruit its own users as a campaigner to stop the scams by letting the users’ flag hoax news stories. In a blog post, the company mentioned that is was adding an option to its social networking services that are going to empower its users to flag news stories as hoaxes.

The simple plan company says is that the more times you flag a post as false, the less often it is going to show up in News Feeds. However, the Facebook is less likely to delete heavily flagged posts, but they may end up with a disclaimer like “Many people have reported that this story contains false information.”

On the other hand, this effort to crowd-source journalistic exactness somewhere carries its dangers. The Columbia Journalism Review had published a report back in April that apparently looked at Facebook’s fact-checking efforts. It got to know that many fact-checkers were annoyed with Facebook’s lack of transparency that not by any means about Facebook’s activities were informed to the users. Thus, the fact-checkers weren’t apparent on how Facebook was trying to determine which stories to show or hide from them and in which order. That clearly means that even though extensively acknowledged fact-checkers have a shot at monitoring these stories — and consequently a direct impact on users’ flagging or trust scores — it still depends on Facebook to pick out the right stories to rank them in the first or last place.

John Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites.