Facebook says that experts are not trustworthy in deciding which news sources are trustworthy or not. Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to fix Facebook. Many people have criticised Facebook for “sensationalism, misinformation and polarization” of news.
Many times people believe in the news shown to them in their Facebook News Feed without cross-checking it. This polarizes the opinions of people about different topics which can be dangerous.
On Friday, Mark Zuckerberg offers a solution to this problem. He says that people should decide which news outlets are trustworthy and which are not.
Facebook will ask its users about the news outlets that whether they are trustworthy or not. Depending on the data collected by Facebook using these surveys, the tech giant will take appropriate measures.
Now there is a difficulty with this method. Let me explain it to you. Suppose there is a news outlet named ‘X’. Now some people will say that ‘X’ is reliable while others say that ‘X’ news outlet is not trustworthy.
Zuckerberg wanted Facebook’s so-called community to decide and take decisions. This way the company doesn’t have to take any significant action in this matter.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Post:
Zuckerberg in his Facebook post says that “We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective”.
He further states that “We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem”.
This decision of Facebook is nothing but bizarre. Let me explain it to you. Facebook says that its users or so-called “community members” will decide which news is fake and which is not.
Let me remind you that it is the same audience that gets fooled by the fake news. How is this possible? How users will know which news is false until and unless they themselves become reporters.
Also, in an era where we need experts in almost every field, Facebook believes that outside experts will not be able to solve this problem. Please, Facebook tell me how?
In reality, Facebook wanted to avoid taking these major decisions themselves and imposes this huge responsibility on its users.