After the recent U.S. elections, Facebook slightly transformed its platform’s News Feed to highlight important information regarding post-elections. It changed the News Feed algorithm to tweak how much weight the News Feed gives to “news ecosystem quality” scores, which is an internet metric designed to evaluate the reliability and quality of a news source.
As a result, users could see more authentic news from credible publishers such as The New York Times, CNN, and NPR and less of the dubious sources such as pages that spread false or misleading information.
A lot of such fraudulent sources have been spreading false claims regarding Trump’s victory after the elections and conspiracy theory stories across the social platform. For this reason, Facebook sensed the emergence of manual tweaking of the News Feed.
Now the question is if Facebook would continue to keep these News Feed changes in place to promote a better news ecosystem. According to executives, the company has no plans of making those changes permanent for now.