Fake News on Facebook? Not any more

Social Media is one of the easiest ways to spread fake news and make people believe in it. These days more and more people are joining Social Media network, even without knowing how it actually works. Thus, even a small false statement from anyone or any source on social media becomes big-time news, and our lovely community starts its hated comments in complete ignorance.

According to me, some reasons behind the growth of Fake news on social media are as follows:

– Lack of research: Social Media users are very good at reacting on topics they are completely unaware of. In Indian Social Community, It’s very easy to piss someone off, by posting fake news around religion and then Sit back and enjoy the response. People usually go nuts onto each other and forget that they have access to google and it takes not more than a minute to check the authenticity of any news published.

– Sentiments of Followers and Fans: I strongly believe that nowadays news sources take advantage of fans and followers. They come up with any random topic about a celeb (negative or positive) and post it online to gain popularity and traction from the post. But people fail to realize, that the news they are seeing can be fake too. Most of the time these sources try to make a story a normal conversation with the famous people.

– Fakers are SmartA$$: They make you believe something that you already want to believe. We might not go ahead and research whether the news is authentic or not, but the same is not true for these news sources. They do proper research of their audience, to understand what they like or dislike and then write a story in a way to make all feel real. That’s how even a small piece of fake news becomes viral on Social Media, which ends up spreading unreliable information.

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Social Media, especially Facebook, has all the potential to spark riots, hatred and even civil war. (Oh yes, it’s true). Our beloved news sources fail to understand that their desire to make news viral can end up in many unfortunate ways. Recently Mark Zuckerberg, mentioned this issue on his personal Facebook profile while explaining the steps he’s going to take to get rid of these fake news sources.

Facebook CEO – Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Said (Source) “Continuing our focus for 2018 to make sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent…

Last week I announced a major change to encourage meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption. As a result, you’ll see less public content, including news, video, and posts from brands. After this change, we expect news to make up roughly 4% of News Feed — down from roughly 5% today. This is a big change, but news will always be a critical way for people to start conversations on important topics.

Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality. I’ve asked our product teams to make sure we prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we’re starting next week with trusted sources.

There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.

The hard question we’ve struggled with is how to decide what news sources are broadly trusted in a world with so much division. We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that’s not something we’re comfortable with. We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem. Or we could ask you — the community — and have your feedback determine the ranking.

We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.

Here’s how this will work. As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)

This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook. It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.

My hope is that this update about trusted news and last week’s update about meaningful interactions will help make time on Facebook time well spent: where we’re strengthening our relationships, engaging in active conversations rather than passive consumption, and, when we read news, making sure it’s from high quality and trusted sources.”

According to me, this step by Mark is good for people – bad for business. But I am sure ‘Mark’ will figure out a genius way out for them as well.

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Ankit Malik (aKi)

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