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Featured Stories Tech Facebook Drastically Changes the News Feed to Promote Content From Friends and Family By Shakes Gilles Jan 12 2018 02:25 am 66 0

In a press release made available to the public on January 11th 2018, the head of Facebook's News Feed also explained that starting in the very near future, Facebook will begin showing you more content from your friends and family members and less content from news agencies, businesses or corporations. He declared that he is changing the goal he gives from focusing on helping users find relevant content to helping them have more meaningful social interactions.

"Facebook is making the service more social and less media, and that's likely a positive for the vast majority of users", Mr Weiser said. However, Mark Zuckerberg feels that even if users spend less time on the platform, they will feel better about the site, which will actually increase usage in the long run despite being bad for the company in the short run.

"It's in the same direction that Facebook has been pursuing for a while: offering a place for discussion among individuals, a community space, rather than being a news source", said Oh Se-uk, a senior researcher on digital news at the Korea Press Foundation.

Facebook is once again tweaking what you see to focus more on personal connections and take the spotlight off brands and news articles. Today, we're announcing an update to News Feed that helps you see more posts from your friends and family.

As for how this will effect publishers and news corporations such as myself, we should all expect to have a little less internet traffic in the future.

But businesses that use Facebook to connect with their customers without paying for ads will also feel the pain.

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll published in October found that Americans believed by a two-to-one margin that Facebook should have done more to identify and reveal the Russian ads. Facebook for addressing the issue has brought in many changes.

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Parse.ly, an analytics company used by many top publishers, said in a blog post previous year that data from February to October showed a 25 percent decrease in Facebook referral traffic. Investors are concerned that this could hit Facebook's advertising figures.

One of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg's goals for 2018 is "to make sure time spent on Facebook is time well spent". Zuckerberg recognised that videos and other public content have "exploded' on the social media site in the past years". It looks like Facebook has planned some major changes for its News Feed this year.

Users will also see fewer posts from publishers and businesses.

For example, there are many tight-knit communities around TV shows and sports teams.

And the public content more seen would be permitted on the same footings that it should be such to boost meaningful and healthy people to people interactions.

"On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos - even if they're entertaining or informative - may not be as good", reveals Zuckerberg.

"The most hard thing about this", Chavern said, "is that it will impact some publishers more than others, but it really emphasizes that all are subject to these Facebook rules and they can change whenever without much rationale and without much consultation". But the possible criteria that Facebook is now considering to determine which publisher is credible - such as "public polling about news outlets" and "whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers" - is vague and could be problematic to enforce.

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