Your Facebook Newsfeed is quite different from mine because your Newsfeed is personalized with stories, videos, updates, links, and collection of photos that matters to you most.
These updates are usually from the family, businesses, friends and news sources that you have connected to on Facebook.
Some people can decide to post news items from reliable sources, others can also decide to post news from disreputable places. Therefore, it’s up to the consumer to evaluate whether any particular item is trustworthy.
Usually, anything from a legitimate, legacy news organization is reliable. Legitimate organizations like traditional newspapers, news magazines, and major broadcasters. However, news from some web-only publishers is perfectly reliable, but some aren’t.
The truth is Facebook is only as reliable or unreliable as the source that generated the story someone’s posting. So, always read with a critical eye and check the sources. The actual goal of the News Feed on Facebook is to connect people to the stories they care about most.
PRO(s) AND CONS OF FACEBOOK NEWS FEED
Facebook News Feed allows us to share with others what you desire to share; share the recent happening in your area, ask a public opinion, ask questions, etc. You can also share your pictures, videos and what you have been up to with your friends, family or public or what’s been happening in the world at large. Although, you can control how much information you want to share with whom and similarly other people share their information with you. I think this is just the basic idea behind the Facebook News Feed.
The biggest challenge Facebook users have today is the fact that too much fake news is been posted every day on their news feed.
Scammers are everywhere. People who intentionally spread wrong/false news just to get attention from users.
How do you spot false news?
The first step to take to make sure your Facebook news feed is accurate is being able to spot false news. So, I have listed some tips to spot false news.
Facebook is working hard to reducing the spread of false news on Facebook. The team at Facebook remove fake accounts and disrupt economic incentives for people that share misinformation. Sometimes, if Pages or domains repeatedly create or share misinformation, Facebook significantly reduces their distribution and remove their advertising rights. Here are some tips to spot fake news and make Facebook news feed accurate
- Usually, false news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. So, be very skeptical of headlines.
You should also look closer look at the link. Sometimes, a phony or look-alike link may be a warning sign of false news. Most times, many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the link. You can always go to the site to compare the link to established sources.
Want to be sure of the information you are getting, you can always investigate the source. Be sure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. And if the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their “About” section to learn more.
Sometimes, false news stories may contain timelines that make no sense or event dates that have been altered. Therefore, always inspect the dates.
Sometimes, you should check the author’s sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story. Double-check the evidence.
You should also check if no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. And if the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it’s more likely to be true. The bottom line, look at other reports.
Finally, some stories are intentionally false.
Making sure your Facebook news feed is accurate depends solely on you. Read through the tips again and see how you can take back your news feed.
Always, think critically about the stories you read, and only share the news that you know to be credible. On a final note, Facebook is only as reliable or unreliable as the source that generated the story someone’s posting. Therefore, always read with a critical eye and check the sources.