Feel the article is clickbait-y? Artifact, the AI-powered news app from the Instagram co-founders, now has a tool that lets you feel like you can do something about it. In the latest version of the app, which is now available, you can flag articles that you think are clickable. The feedback will be used as a “ranking signal so we can better prioritize useful articles over articles that are misleading to the community,” Artifact wrote in a blog post.
To begin with, Artifact will track the most reported articles and then decide what to do in response. That includes options like reducing the article’s distribution in feeds or even changing the title to be less misleading, says Artifact’s Kevin Systrom. The Verge via email. The company is “actively testing different approaches” to change the articles if necessary, but it “has not yet decided what the best course of action is,” he said. “We will come to a conclusion through testing and gathering user feedback.”
I’m curious to see what those changes might look like in practice. If Artifact changes the title, it is the Company’s responsibility to ensure that the title is accurate. But if the changed title is not clearly stated in some way, readers may unfairly blame the writer for any inaccuracies in those changes.
You can find an option to mark something as clickbait in the article’s three-dot menu, or by clicking and holding on an article in your feed.
On Monday, Artifact announced two other features. You’ll be able to save the article as an image, which can be a useful way to pass something interesting to a friend who never clicks on the links you share with them. Artifact says the feature will launch on Android “later this week,” and it’s already available on iOS for me.
You can now also add emoji reactions to articles: 👍, ❤️, 😂, 😮, 😢 or 😡. Those reactions appear under the headlines in your feed, so you can get an idea of how people feel about the article at a glance.