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Facebook confirms plans to show less 'public content' in people's news feeds

Facebook confirms plans to show less 'public content' in people's news feeds

Facebook stock took a hit after the social network announced massive changes to its news feed.

‘As we roll this out, youll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.

"We think that we're now slightly overvaluing how much time people spend on our platform and undervaluing how many meaningful interactions they have with other people", said Mosseri, who oversees News Feed.

"One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent". While making the announcement, Zuckerberg cited the original idea behind Facebook- "to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us". Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, and sometimes referred to as Mark Zuckerberg's mentor, has been making the cable TV rounds for the last week explaining that he is somewhat ashamed of what Facebook has accomplished.

Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we'll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses. In an effort to usher in this new mood of online pleasantness, its product teams will drop the former goal of helping people find "relevant content" as they test the "meaningful interactions" thesis. As the dominant player in the social media space, Facebook's changes will bring back the focus of social interactions which is the key objective of all social media platforms.

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

That's because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don't necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways. In this case, if you peg Facebook's complex algorithm against raw common sense, the latter will win hands down.

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Facebook wants to be the place where live events are discussed.

In The Post, McNamee argued that Facebook was "tailor-made for abuse by bad actors" and that users should expect more fake news and manipulation of elections.

In an exclusive video interview with CNN Tech's Laurie Segall, Facebook VP Adam Mosseri described the move as a "rebalancing" of how Facebook's algorithms rank items in the main feed.

Does this mean you are eliminating Page content from News Feed? The company earns significant cash from such operations and therefore this departure from its standard practice may actually hinder organizations that are looking to capture users' attention through advertisements on the platform.

A recent article in Perspectives on Psychological Science concluded that already lonely people who use Facebook and other social media as a substitute for real-life relationships tend to end up feeling more isolated.

The jury is still out on how seeing mostly exuberant posts from friends and family affects people over time. Facebook could, therefore, pose short-term difficulties for other media outlets looking to quickly expand their bases.

As a result, Facebook says it expects pages that produce what it described as more passive content, including news and pre-edited videos, to receive fewer clicks.