Facebook will make local news about its news feed more visible, first in the United States, then in other countries, a new version of its actions intended to limit misinformation and divisions within society.
“Local news helps create a community, both online and in life,” Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Monday, once again trying to respond to the criticisms that are rushing through the network.
They help to “make the time we spend on Facebook time quality,” says the young billionaire, who promised early this year to establish a series of measures to limit the spread of misinformation and to improve the content of what circulates on the network claiming 2 billion users.
“Starting today, we’re going to show you more media outlets in your city, big or small,” says the network boss, adding that the change comes first in the United States before ‘be expanded to’ more countries this year ‘.
Since the beginning of the year, Facebook has already announced that it would privilege the publications of friends and relatives of users at the expense of more institutional sources (media, brands …), and that it would ask users of the help to classify sources of information by the degree of “reliability” , an initiative that has generated some skepticism, with some believing that this could be counterproductive.
Critics have been raging for more than a year on social networks, particularly Facebook, accused of spreading misinformation – especially during the 2016 US presidential campaign – to be dangerous for democracy or to maintain a decerepit dependence on social networks.
The group now communicates very frequently to show its intention to react to these criticisms.