Certain secretly disclosed documents reveal how Facebook trusts the antiquated news standards on top of its algorithms to learn the trends, happening newsflash and stories that should be put up for the one billion users who visit the social network everyday. This comes as a shock to all, especially for a social giant as Facebook to rely on obsolete standards when there are so many waiting to browse its pages. Is it worth all the risk?
The company was recently accused of an editorial unfairness against conventional news associations, stimulating calls for a congressional inquiry by John Thune, the chairman of US Senate commerce, science and transportation committee.
The documents reveal that the company highly depends on the inter-mediation of an editorial team to establish what marks the popular component for the day; the list of news topics displayed on the side of the Facebook’s desktop version browser window.
Facebook receded from a having a pure algorithm methodology in 2014 after disparagement that it had not encompassed adequate coverage of turbulence in Ferguson, Missouri, in the users feeds.
The guiding principle clearly exhibit humanoid intervention and thus editorial judgments at practically all the stages of Facebook’s trending news process, the squad which formerly had just twelve people for the job.
Facebook mainly depends on ten news sources to ascertain if a trending news story has journalistic right. They measured this by checking if at least five of the ten leading websites had the news as their headlines and the sites are; NBC News, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC News, CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Yahoo News and Washington Post.
Ex-employees of who worked for the company’s news section agreed that the Gizmodo report claimed biased reports on Monday and was misdemeanor on the part of the social website. They accepted about the human judgment being present as the company’s algorithm did not each time produce the best news mixes.
Being a social site as large as them, is Facebook a terminus for fuzz?