Facebook is changing what posts you'll see in your News Feed

  • Facebook is changing what posts you'll see in your News Feed

Facebook is changing what posts you'll see in your News Feed

But over the years, Facebook has changed the game - on you and us - by jiggering the algorithm it uses to serve you content on your Facebook feed, favoring content that keeps you inside their app longer, whether it's fake or real or whatever.

Other publishers like Bloomberg have chose to get ahead of the algorithm change and create community-driven Facebook groups around certain topics where they can promote their stories and drive traffic back to their sites, according to Digiday. Zuckerberg believes passively watching videos may not be as good even if they are informative or entertaining.

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. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers "passive".

Zuckerberg expects the time people spend on Facebook will go down. Facebook has introduced a series of changes meant to address the problem. People spoke out and it seems Facebook listened.

The move will not affect advertisements - users will continue to see the same ads they have before, "meaningful" or not.

"I am personally quite unhappy with the fact that Facebook decides for its users what is relevant to them and what not", Ms Hoffman said.

From your home screen view of Facebook mobile, click on the three horizontal lines on the top right side of the screen and get "News Feed Preferences".

Numerous meaningful interactions taking place beneath Zuckerberg's post asked that more power be given to the user to decide what shows up in their feed, or to give users the option to only see the most recent posts. And according to research conducted by Media Matters, right-wing communities on Facebook are much bigger than left-wing communities and mainstream distribution networks, and right-wing engagement is also bigger than in left-wing circles. Let us know in the comments.

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Facebook has resolutely refused to shed any light on how any of this works, or to give users more control over who can find them.

News outlets have frequently used social media to drive traffic to their sites in recent years, but some Canadian organizations say Facebook is just one piece in an increasingly varied puzzle.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice-president for consumer hardware and in-charge for Augmented and Virtual Reality, neither confirmed or denied early speculations regarding their latest project, but posted a tweet saying that 2018 will be an exciting year for AR/VR.

On the other hand, the update will supposedly put less emphasis on videos from publishers and Pages that had "a cannibalistic effect of sort" on time spent on Facebook.

More specifically, the popular social network is planning to change its algorithms and the way they filter the news in our newsfeed so as to primarily show the hangouts of friends and family members and respectively degrade public posts from businesses and the media.

"There is really no silver bullet here to determine what is most meaningful, but we are trying to mine the signals to get the best representation that we can", Hegeman said.

But Facebook won't be going back to the old linear timeline or anything. But Facebook continues to insist that despite the fact it has numerous characteristics of a media company, it doesn't need to act like one.