Facebook is Going to Ask UK and European Users Which News Sources They Trust the Most

By Tom Pritchard on at

Back in January Facebook released a survey to its US members asking them about the news sources they trust the most. Surveys that were comprised of two questions. Well that idea must have been a riveting success, because Facebook is now expanding that concept to Europe.

According to Mark Zuckerberg the results of those surveys, which have attracted mass criticism, have already started to be put to use - affecting how news organisations will be displayed in users' news feeds. The surveys will go live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, but so far Facebook hasn't specified when those surveys will start rolling out. What we do know is that the results won't be affecting News Feed anytime soon, and any changes that are going to be made will be announced before they go into effect.

While it's a good thing that Facebook is trying to deal with the problem of how easily fake news spreads on its platform, despite initial insistence that it wasn't to blame. Then again as we noted back in January, it's not very wise to ask people to rank news organisations by trustworthiness if they don't have the ability to differentiate between real and fake news. [Reuters]