Facebook has been working to deal with the problem of fake news and the company has revealed that it is making some changes to its news feed algorithm.
The social network has adjusted its news feed algorithm so that it will show more authentic stories and also more timely stories.
When ranking News Feed we look at many signals personal to you, such as how close you are to the person or Page posting, as well as more universal signals like the overall engagement (likes, comments, shares) that a post has.
With this update, we’re adding new universal signals to determine whether a post might be authentic. To do this, we categorized Pages to identify whether or not they were posting spam or trying to game feed by doing things like asking for likes, comments or shares. We then used posts from these Pages to train a model that continuously identifies whether posts from other Pages are likely to be authentic. For example, if Page posts are often being hidden by people reading them, that’s a signal that it might not be authentic.
You can find out more details about the changes coming to the Facebook News feed and their attempts to reduce fake news at the link below.
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