Technology Facebook wants to spread credible news
Facebook expands photo transfer tool to the US and Canada
In early December, Facebook began rolling out a tool to select locations that would allow users to transfer their uploaded pictures from the platform to Google Photos. Over the past few months, more regions have slowly gained access to this tool with the latest being the US and Canada over the weekend. Late last year, Facebook announced that it believes "that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another," which isLate last year, Facebook announced that it believes "that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another," which is the reasoning behind launching a tool that allows users to transfer their images from the platform to Google Photos.
In the fight against false information, the online network Facebook wants to help news classified as credible to spread. Articles with first-hand information and author names should appear more frequently in users' news feeds, Facebook said on Tuesday. The users wanted to read "credible and informative news". Therefore, priority will now be given to those articles that are the source of a message and for which the author is "transparent".
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For example, Facebook wants to search for certain articles on those articles that are most often cited as the source. These should then appear more in the news feed. At the same time, Facebook emphasized: "Most of the news that people see in the news feed comes from sources that they or their friends follow, and that won't change."
As a second measure, those articles are to be suppressed which are unclear about the author - either because the name of the author is not mentioned or because there is no information about the employees on the website of a medium. Such media are often perceived as less credible and would be tempting readers to click the article with lurid headlines.
In recent years, social networks have come under increasing pressure to act against the spread of false news. In the United States, the debate is particularly intense because of the November presidential election. Recently, because of the spread of hate messages, numerous companies have announced that they no longer want to advertise on Facebook. The boycott hits the online platform hard.
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"Intelligence has informed me that he did not find this info credible (of possible bonuses paid by Moscow to insurgents to kill western soldiers in Afghanistan, editor's note) and therefore hadn't reported it to me or @VP, "Vice President Mike Pence, Trump said Sunday evening in a tweet.