How will Facebook's news feed changes affect what you see?

Conference workers speak in front of a demo booth in April 2017 at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose California. Facebook said Thursday that it is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more

Conference workers speak in front of a demo booth in April 2017 at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose California. Facebook said Thursday that it is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more"meaningful. The changes come

"Facebook is making the service more social and less media, and that's likely a positive for the vast majority of users", Weiser said. In this charged atmosphere, agents working for a Kremlin-linked company, the Internet Research Agency, disseminated content that reached an estimated 126 million users in the United States in 2016, Facebook revealed to Congress during hearings on the matter past year.

12, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is changing its news feed algorithm to reduce the amount of content you see from businesses, brands and media. "As we take this journey together and focus on content that our community can connect around, we'll work on providing you and your clients with best practices, insights, and tools to help them understand and create content that promotes these meaningful interactions on Facebook".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. His vow followed a year that saw Facebook come under sharp criticism for contributing to a climate of extreme political polarisation, the distribution of fake news and escalating privacy concerns. That means posts like a friend asking for advice, recommendations for a trip or an article that prompts interaction, according to a post by Facebook's head of news feed, Adam Mosseri.

At the time he was talking about Russian interference and doubling investment in people to prevent it, but the language was also hinting at Thursday's announcement that gives additional weight being placed on friends and family posts over pages and businesses in news feeds.

"This is understandable as brands and publishers have spent a lot of money over the years to build a presence on the platform and supplied Facebook's walled-garden with content to fuel its News Feed".

In a move with major impact on its users and on brands, Facebook said Thursday it is changing algorithm for the News Feed to de-emphasize posts or what it calls "public content-posts from businesses, brands and media" publishers.

The Menlo Park, California-based company has kept revenue growing by consistently selling more advertising in its news feed, striking partnerships with media companies to distribute their stories, and including more video postings, which draw higher ad rates.

"In an odd way we will look back and think this was a pretty good thing for the news industry", he said.

We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being. "Traffic to news media's websites via Facebook will likely fall", he said.

The changes fell short of a more radical move to split Facebook's news feed in two, which had been expected by some in the industry. We've seen people interact way more around live videos than regular ones. Fake news has proliferated. Zuckerberg already signaled this would happen late previous year, when he said the company's planned investments in preventing abuse would hurt profitability.

The drop wiped out much of the US$4.5 billion Zuckerberg, 33, had added this financial year. Sharing these moments together, Facebook reasons, deepens the connections between people, even if they can't always be together offline. But Kint said he had hoped that the social media giant would find another way to weed out hoaxes and made-up news stories without penalizing all publishers.

"And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard - it should encourage meaningful interactions between people".

Are people really going to spend less time on Facebook?

"Facebook is already experiencing declines in consumption and the company is responding with these changes today", Wieser said.

Zuckerberg says they want Facebook to be a decent product that decent people, like you, want to use.

"It's important to me that when Max and August grow up that they feel like what their father built was good for the world", Zuckerberg said.

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