Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing


Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing

Pablo Tucker
January 13, 2018

The company says that's similar to how people make friends and interact with each other offline. If you're prone to anxiety, insecurity or already unhappy with your life, then seeing other people having fun could deepen your feelings of missing out or being left out.

While he acknowledges that Facebook may never be completely free of malign influences, Zuckerberg says that the company now makes "too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing the misuse of our tools".

Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our well-being and happiness.

'As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media, ' Zuckerberg said in a post at his Facebook page.

It's easy to understand how we got here.

Facebook and companies from Twitter to Apple have been confronting a mounting public backlash against technology and social media, as the public grapples with a constantly connected life in which they are exposed to fake or biased news, cyber bullying and even internet addiction. Today, we're announcing an update to News Feed that helps you see more posts from your friends and family. At the time, journalists' two biggest fears were that Facebook would institute a pay-to-play strategy as described above, and that it would take its new news feed worldwide.


"They're definitely going to be required to buy an ad", Schiffer said.

Facebook has pushed video in its news feed in recent years, prompting many publishers to hire staff in this field in what was termed a "pivot to video".

What that means for you, the Facebook user, is that you can expect to see less content directly from news outlets. Meanwhile, users can expect to encounter less public content.

Once again, Zuckerberg is pointing towards some sort of return to the old Facebook. They make this argument despite the fact that Facebook has editorial control over content posted on the platform and - with the changes now being implemented - the fact that Facebook is deciding what factors make news sources worthy of being placed in its News Feed. "They don't think there are any real cracks in the Facebook story".

The jury is still out on how seeing mostly exuberant posts from friends and family affects people over time. Dotface's videos about a South Korean mother giving a hug to young sexual minority people who could not tell their parents about their sexual orientation struck a chord with viewers around the world, accruing 5 million views and many shares, comments and likes.

'Some news helps start conversations on important issues. Zuckerberg believes passively watching videos may not be as good even if they are informative or entertaining.


Facebook announced a major update that will put friends and family above pages or celebrities in a user's news feed.

Will posts from a friend who shares news articles be treated differently? The last part just sounds like news and videos that make people argue more, but OK.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", Zuckerberg wrote.

To cement the unholy legacy, Facebook's hordes of lawyers and its top executives continue to claim Facebook is not a media company and therefore should not be regulated in any way. Facebook's latest changes don't impact ads - only business and media-oriented content posted by pages and other people, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Tweaking users' feeds may cause the social media platform to lose some of its luster for content producers or media companies, especially video makers that can not make money on Facebook regardless of how many of their videos go viral, said Cho Sodam, founder of Dotface, a youth-oriented media startup based in Seoul, South Korea.

"It's going to affect publishers a lot, we're going to be seeing a lot less news organically pop up in our news feeds", Ms Owen said.


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