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Facebook has announced a second major policy change on its news feed, with users now being entrusted with the task of judging the trustworthiness of news sources.

Adam Mosseri, head of the news feed, said in a blog post that this year the company would prioritise the following kinds of news:

  • News from publications that the community rates as trustworthy;
  • News that people find informative; and
  • News that is relevant to people’s local community.

He said a "trusted and representative sample" of Facebook's users in the US would provide the input for ranking news sources as far as trust was concerned. This would be rolled out to other countries later.

Users would also be asked to rank stories on how informative they are. This was begun in August last year and would be expanded this year, Mosseri said.

"Finally, people want more local news on Facebook. As we announced this month, we’re making it easier for people to see local news and information in a dedicated section. We’ll continue to work on ways to show more local news that is relevant to where people live," he said.

On 15 January, Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg said the social media behemoth would prioritise posts by users and their friends over those from publishers and brands.

This could make it more expensive for marketing agencies to push their clients' products.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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