Guest Editorial: Facebook and news

Guest Editorial: Facebook and news

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Facebook is a wonderful thing. It allows us to keep up with friends, to share our photos and videos with family, and even to discover fascinating things from all over the world.

But it is not a reliable source of news, as evidenced by the Facebook "fake news" controversy during the election cycle.

Yet, according to Pew Research, 62 percent of all U.S. adults get news from social media, and 64 percent of them get it from only one site, most commonly, Facebook.

Perhaps the biggest danger of this practice is that Facebook's algorithm puts posts on your feed based on what you like. Imagine if bona fide news outlets only showed you the news you agreed with. Is that really the only news you want to hear? It shouldn't be.

All successful news outlets, WSFA included, use Facebook as well as other social media to let you know some of the stories we're covering, and we will continue to do that. That's part of our job.

Your job is to show good judgment about what you see on social media and not use it as your primary source of the news, certainly not your only source.

Use news sources whom you have grown to trust over time to give you all the news, fairly presented, not just the news you like. We all have that responsibility as informed citizens.

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