Facebook modifies news feed to bring family, friends closer

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The decision comes after a number of users complained of their News Feed being convoluted with public content, including brand promotions, media posts and so on, that are taking away the essence of one's personal space.

The social media company would be tweaking the algorithm governing which content shows up in user's newsfeeds, drastically reducing the amount of content from brands and publishers in favor of more content from their Facebook friends.

"Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our wellbeing and happiness".

The platform has been sharply criticized for allowing the dissemination of fake news and formation of the so-called echo chambers where users are never exposed to content challenging their views. They were previously given the mandate to help users find relevant content. With different, less viral types of content surfacing more often, people could end up spending their time elsewhere. "People are frustrated with the Russian Federation revelations and fake news and have taken it into their own hands and stopped engaging". Last year, Facebook disclosed that Russian agents had used the social network to spread divisive and inflammatory posts and ads to polarise the U.S. electorate.

The 33-year-old added that "video and other public content have exploded on Facebook in the past couple of years" meaning there was "more public content than posts from your friends and family".

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He said it wasn't possible to prevent all mistakes or abuses, but that Facebook was making too many errors in enforcing its policies and preventing misuse.

"Facebook is already experiencing declines in consumption and the company is responding with these changes today", Wieser said. The upcoming page will give users a chance to check if they "liked "or followed an alleged propaganda account on Facebook or Instagram".

Facebook's popularity and user growth have skyrocketed since its founding in 2004, when it was a sort of online scrapbook and bulletin board for college students.

The revamped timeline will bring the family and friends to the forefront.

The announcement is consistent with tests to the News Feed that Facebook ran past year, which moved all Page content (from the likes of businesses, brands, and media) from the News Feed to the Explore tab. Facebook has been steadily reducing companies' reach in the news feed over the past year, and that's now likely to become even more severe.

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While changes in this direction were made past year, the new update will be established in the coming months, following which users can access more personal and less public content.

The update will also prioritise posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people.

Zuckerberg said an overhaul of the company's products, beginning with changes to the algorithms that control the News Feed, would help to address those concerns.

"This big wave of public content has really made us reflect: What are we really here to do?" Downplaying those posts from brands and businesses may put revenue at risk, said James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. "But those opportunities to get in front of users will be that much more impactful if it's more selective". This, Mark believes, will promote more meaningful engagement on the platform.

"Based on this, we're making a major change to how we build Facebook". "We were frustrated that the returns were diminishing on Facebook".

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"We continue to think video is a great format to share what's going on in your life with friends", Hegeman said.

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