Facebook Has a ‘Trustworthy’ Rating for Users, But Won’t Tell You What It Is

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Users receive a rating that determines if they have a good or bad reputation, but the score is hidden from view – for now. Facebook confirmed that it tracks user behavior across its site and uses that data to assign a rating. It says the data is in place to “identify malicious actors” (that could mean you if you do not agree with Facebook’s political views) and that it is a process to prevent people from flagging mainstream news as fake. It appears that Facebook is trying to imitate Communist China. which has a social-score system that analyzes individuals’ behavior to determine it they are qualified for loans or travel on public transport. -GEG

FACEBOOK is rating users based on how “trustworthy” it thinks they are.

Users receive a score on a scale from zero to one that determines if they have a good or bad reputation – but it’s completely hidden.

Your Facebook usage is being monitored, and may be converted in a trustworthiness score

The rating system was revealed in a report by the Washington Post – and later confirmed by Facebook to The Sun – which says it’s in place to “help identify malicious actors”.

Facebook tracks your behaviour across its site and uses that info to assign you a rating.

Tessa Lyons, who heads up Facebook’s fight against fake news, said: “One of the signals we use is how people interact with articles.

“For example, if someone previously gave us feedback that an article was false and the article was confirmed false by a fact-checker, then we might weight that person’s future false news feedback more than someone who indiscriminately provides false news feedback on lots of articles, including ones that end up being rated as true.”

Facebook can see everything you do on the site – which helps build a highly detailed picture of who you are

Earlier this year, Facebook admitted it was rolling out trust ratings for media outlets.

This involved ranking news websites based on the quality of the news they were reporting.

This rating would then be used to decide which posts should be promoted higher in users’ News Feeds.

User ratings are employed in a similar way – helping Facebook make a judgement about the quality of their post reports.

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According to Lyons, a user’s rating “isn’t meant to be an absolute indicator of a person’s credibility”.

Instead, it’s intended as a measurement of working out how risky a user’s actions may be.

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