More Posts From Friends And Family

Facebook overhauls News Feed to highlight posts from family and friends

"He then describes upcoming changes to the Facebook news feed created to "[change] the news feed algorithm to surface relevant content that facilitates meaningful social interactions among your friends and family". "It's good for your well-being".

The social media giant said since the space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation will be seen more and public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses, will be shown less.

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more "meaningful" in a move that could hurt publishers and news organizations that rely on it to spread their content.

Mark Zuckerberg has mentioned in a blog post that he wants users to connect with more meaningful posts and this inadvertently translates to a drop in public content. Last year, lawmakers berated Facebook, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. for failing to prevent Russian manipulation on their platforms during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook says it will actively demote popular clickbait headlines and false news, and give precedence to posts from close friends.

With social media under pressure for allowing the alleged Russian meddling, Facebook announced a new project to combat such efforts in November 2017.

Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than 2 billion members will see most often, saying Thursday that it would prioritize what their friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.

Another wave of criticism pummeling Facebook: that the company's products exploit vulnerabilities in human psychology to hook people on social media, hijacking their time and attention and undermining their well-being.

Facebook has already made several changes to its News Feed. Mosseri says the company always tries to test these changes with a small percentage of users before rolling it out broadly to ensure the updates "behave as intended".

News Feed is the centerpiece of the social network. More recently, he began signalling that Facebook was rethinking what it shows people on the site.

While the move was anticipated, Thursday's announcement filled in more of the details.

As for the future of the Facebook news feed, Zuckerberg states users will see "less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media" and that he expects "the time people spend on Facebook. will go down". The social network wants to reduce what Zuckerberg called "passive content" - videos and articles that ask little more of the viewer than to sit back and watch or read - so that users' time on the site is well spent.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new vision for your news feed. "You pick a friend for lots of different reasons", he said.

"Video and other public content have exploded on Facebook in the past couple of years".

Facebook has denied it is a media company, but in recent years, brands, media companies and other content creators have turned to Facebook for its unparalleled reach and engagement.

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