Will Facebook’s new ‘flagging’ feature allow corporations, governments, and other agenda-driven political forces control the flow of information? Facebook censorship is something concerning, as a lot of people get most (some I’m sure all) of their news from Facebook. It’s one of the ways people attempt to stay informed at all times, as many people are always connected.
More on this topic can be found at PC World:
“Hoaxes” or misleading news articles, like a story revealing scientists’ proof of the existence of Santa Claus, will appear less frequently in people’s news feeds, under changes made to how the news feed ranks flagged content, Facebook said Tuesday. The changes pertain to “misleading” news stories that have been flagged as such, like the Santa Clause story or an article such as “Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah,” and also to scams like, “Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee.”
From newsroom.fb.com, comes a little more about it. But to me, this just appears to be Facebook eliminating people’s embarrassment over being told by others they made a mistake in believing an obviously unbelievable story. Regarding fake news stories:
People often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked. These types of posts also tend to receive lots of comments from friends letting people know this is a hoax, and comments containing links to hoax-busting websites. In fact, our testing found people are two times more likely to delete these types of posts after receiving such a comment from a friend.
So is the news going to somehow be censored in all this? Or will people be protected from looking stupid? Possibly both.