Facebook is making some changes and it’s not necessarily a good thing for everyone. For the longest time, Facebook has been plagued by “fake news.” They’ve been accused of contributing to the spread of viral fake news without doing anything to stop it. Facebook is now saying enough is enough. They’re making sure that users know that they’re serious about combatting misinformation on the internet.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook has made changes to users’ homepages. They will be working to push local news sites to the top of peoples’ feeds. Facebook is doing this because it will help users to get more localized content that is not only accurate but matters the most to them. Facebook is also doing this because they’ve been facing a lot of heat for the news sources that come across users’ feeds. Many mainstream media outlets are accused of being politicized. Therefore, Facebook wants to disassociate themselves with them, showing that they are independent and don’t share the same thoughts and beliefs.
Facebook users still have a say in all of this, however. They have the option to go into individual pages and click whether or not they want to see posts first on certain pages. Facebook cannot completely control what users are seeing. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is still proud of everything that they’re accomplishing. He believes by having users focus on local news, it’ll bring people together more than divide them. The new Facebook changes have already been taking effect across the United States. Facebook says it’s a work in progress until they ultimately decide how everything is going to work out.
People are split on the issues. On one hand, this is great news for users who are sick of seeing content that doesn’t interest them. On the flip side, there are also users who come to rely on Facebook for their national news fix. It will be interesting to see how this all balances out in the long run.