The Monitor's View Facebook’s about-face on news credibility

Rather than rely on machines to pick items for its news feed, the media giant will now trust its users to select trustworthy media outlets. The move reflects a broader need to restore trust in news by relying on readers as truth seekers.

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Artificial intelligence, or AI, is called artificial for a good reason. Facebook made that point last week by ending its attempt to rely heavily on software algorithms to select news items for its 2 billion users. It announced Jan. 19 that the Facebook “community” will be asked to rank news outlets by their trustworthiness.