Facebook will prioritize original news sources on users’ walls

Social networks have become a place in which to find out about those topics that may be of interest, but they have also become a space where information of dubious quality and less transparency can circulate, making competition to editorial media that do lead to carry out research for the development of their news and clearly and transparently cite the professionals behind the information they publish.

In this sense, Facebook will make changes in the algorithm of the users’ walls so that in the categorization of the news the original sources of the same are highlighted and belong to media that practice the transparency of the information.

To do this, Facebook has been working on complex standards, and open to future modifications, with editors and academics, to implement these changes, which will not affect publications from sources that users and their friends follow.

For the search of the original sources of the news, Facebook look at groups of posts on a particular topic to try to identify the original source of the post, a work that will begin with the publication of news in English and that will expand to other languages ​​in the future, without providing more information about it.

And on the transparency of the information, Facebook points out that begin to downgrade those publications in which it is not clearly offered who is behind of the information that the source of information publishes.

Facebook understands that those sources that do not make clear who are the professionals behind the publications belong to clickbait content producers or are part of ad farms.

That is, taking into account the risks that some journalists may run in certain areas, Facebook points out that This practice will start in a number of markets, taking into account the environment in which the publishing media operate.

In any case, Facebook notes that these changes will not affect most news publishersAlthough the publishers of original news and reports I know that they will see an increase in the distribution of their publications.

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