Facebook is using a reliability score to stamp out trolls
ARE YOU A FAKE FLAGGER OR A TRUSTY TIPPER?
In Facebook’s ongoing fight with fake news, it employs a number of methods to help weed out falsehoods from the truth, and now we know how the company watches the watchmen. A Washington Post investigation has revealed that Facebook assigns its users a reputation score between 0 and 1. When a user flags a post as containing false news, their score is adjusted based on the veracity of this tip. So, for users who consistently flag posts that genuinely contain fake news, their score will rise and Facebook will lend their future tips more weight, whereas the opposite is true of those that continuously report legitimate news. The score has been introduced to combat the growing problem known as ‘brigading’, which sees organised groups of trolls or political activists deliberately flag posts in the hopes to suppress or censor them. At present, this is strictly an internal measure and there is no way for users to check their reputation score, a precaution likely put in place to avoid any further gaming of Facebook’s systems to drive personal or political agendas.