Facebook has started scoring some of its users based on ‘trustworthiness’. This score is allegedly used by Facebook’s misinformation team to try and stem some of the fake news the platform sufferers from.
However, the trustworthiness score has its critics. Dr Bernie Hogan from the Oxford Internet Institute:
But consider the analogy of one’s credit score.
You can check your credit score for free in many countries - by contrast, Facebook’s trustworthiness is unregulated and we have no way to know either what our score is or how to dispute it.
Facebook is not a neutral actor and despite any diplomatic press materials to the contrary, it is intent on managing a population for profit.
And Ailidh Callander, a solicitor at Privacy International:
This is yet another example of Facebook using people’s data in ways they would not expect their data to be used, which further undermines people’s trust in Facebook.
This may only be an issue for non-EU users because Facebook’s secrecy about it might violate GDPR’s requirements in the EU, although I’m only speculating here.