A change by Facebook could unintentionally open the door for anti-LGBT people to control the perception of LGBT news sources on the site.
The changed news feed on the site would allow some users to rate the trustworthiness of content from news sources, according to PinkNews. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the social media site, said that the change would be aimed to cut down on “fake news.”
“There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Facebook. “Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them.”
Publishers at LGBT and other minority publications fear the change will allow those with prejudices to dictate if their content is seen.
“The changes that Facebook is making could lead to homophobes being asked to evaluate the ‘trustworthiness’ of LGBT+ media,” Benjamin Cohen, the Chief Executive of PinkNews Media Group, said. “If large numbers of people tell Facebook that a publisher is untrustworthy, its content could be restricted for distribution on the Facebook newsfeed.”
With this new change, Zuckerberg said that news would go from five percent of the average feed to four percent, lowering the amount of news seen.