As news coverage is getting tighter with the advent of the new internet news platforms, the question remains—is Facebook a reliable news source?
“Facebook insists that it doesn’t make editorial decisions with News Feed: It places the user first,” according to Poynter’s article.
With trending on both Facebook and Twitter there has been some controversy with the workings of Facebook’s algorithm for deducing which news should come to the public’s attention.
There has also been some controversy over fake news articles on Facebook. So, how do you know if the news you are getting on Facebook is legitimate. Is it trending? Are there a lot of likes and comments? This is more up to the user to decide.
Facebook is not a news source, rather a social media site striving to gauge what is trending on the internet. Recently as ethics issues have come into play, the separation between Facebook as a news source and as a social media site has widened.