Facebook is quietly rating the trustworthiness of its users

Shawn Knight

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In 2015, Facebook rolled out the ability for people to report posts they believe to be false. The social network soon realized, however, that many people were reporting posts as unreliable simply because they didn’t agree with the content or were intentionally trying to harm a specific publisher. This led Facebook to develop methods to assess whether people flagging posts were themselves trustworthy.

Tessa Lyons, Facebook’s product manager in charge of combating fake news, told The Washington Post that the social network has been developing a previously unreported user reputation score over the past year.

The system assigns users a “trustworthiness” score on a scale of zero to one. Lyons wasn’t forthcoming with details on how the scoring system works, whether all users have a score or how the scores are specifically used. Her hesitation stems from not wanting to tip off bad actors on how the process works as doing so could allow them to easily game the system.

Lyons did say, however, that the score isn’t meant to be an absolute indicator of a person’s credibility, nor is there a single unified reputation score that users are assigned. As the Post highlights, the score is one of thousands of new behavioral measurements that Facebook is now monitoring in order to assess risk.

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kapital98

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Why rate them rather than outright ban them? Sounds a bit disingenuous .....
Why fine them when you can jail them?

There are different measures of discipline. FB is not looking to pick political battles or tell people what is right. They are just trying to prevent an army of bots and partisans from gaming the system.

It makes sense to curb someone's influence in flagging for political issues but to keep allowing them to watch cat videos (where, presumably, they wont be throwing out flagrant false positives).
 

TomSEA

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Why rate them rather than outright ban them? Sounds a bit disingenuous .....
Why fine them when you can jail them?

There are different measures of discipline. FB is not looking to pick political battles or tell people what is right. They are just trying to prevent an army of bots and partisans from gaming the system.

It makes sense to curb someone's influence in flagging for political issues but to keep allowing them to watch cat videos (where, presumably, they wont be throwing out flagrant false positives).
Good post...

I'm not a big Facebook user, but I've informed my FB friends/family that if they post ANYTHING even remotely political, they get the 30-day snooze button. I use FB to follow general activities and see interesting announcements.

Political banter - especially slanted political banter - I can get anywhere at any time.
 

p51d007

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As for Fakebook ads, there are ways around it. It's a little time consuming, but my Fakebook page
shows nothing but the news feeds. No ads, no trending stories, stock market, "copyright facebook"...NOTHING...everything to the right of the news feed is BLANK. Use uBlock origin.
right click on the page, select uBlock "block element", highlight the area you want to block, left click it, and click add to the uBlock pop up. Do that a few times and it will blank out all the garbage on Fakebook, including ads (using Adguard helps also)