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Facebook has accused the Washington Post of being “misleading” as the outlet published an article on users’ “reputation score,” the social media giant told RT
On Tuesday, the Washington Post revealed“previously unreported ratings system” developed by Facebook to allegedly assign social media users individual trust ratings and predict “their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.”
“The idea that we have a centralized ‘reputation’ score for people that use Facebook is just plain wrong and the headline in the Washington Post is misleading,” Facebook told RT in response
According to Facebook, the system in question was designed specifically to prevent people from ganging up and flagging actual news stories as fake, (for example, in theory) by leftists rallying against conservative outlets to try to ban their articles from Facebook by flagging them as fake news, despite the articles being factual. The system would apparently work by giving less credence to the "fake news" flagging of specific users who habitually flagged things as being fake.
The tech firm has, however, objected to the tool being described as a reputation rating.
The Washington Post's report was based on an interview with Facebook executive Tessa Lyons about the platform's battle against "fake news".
"It's unsurprising that Facebook would want to assess the credibility of its users, considering how some of them are highly suspicious, gullible or out to deliberately misinform others," said Dr Bernie Hogan, from the Oxford Internet Institute.