Zuckerberg Announces New Changes to Facebook

Facebook's new feature 'Today In' to provide feeds on local events, announcements, news

Facebook's new feature 'Today In' to provide feeds on local events, announcements, news

This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday. "And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard - it should encourage meaningful interactions between people", Zuckerberg said. However, Facebook does conveniently and constantly offers me the opportunity to pay them to show a post to more of you. "And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too", he said in a post about the News Feed change today. This issue has been a hot topic ever since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a personal mission to end "fake news" sharing over his platform since. As reported by a company spokesperson, the Company's News Partnerships team which is directed by former NBC News Anchor Campbell Brown is entrusted with the responsibility of approving and vetting the local news publishers featuring on Facebook. Last month, Facebook released its own research demonstrating that when people connect with each other on social media, it has a positive effect.

Facebook and other researchers have particularly homed in on passive content.

He also pledged to defend Facebook from nation states. Facebook will also penalize so-called "engagement-bait" that looks to commandeer user reactions - the likes, comments, and shares of Facebook engagement - into earning a higher reach, Mosseri said. A big part of that effort would be "making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent", he said. Local news sources are vetted and approved by a human first before they're added, the company noted. VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch "I expect that the measure of dispersion for distributers will go down in light of the fact that a great deal of distributer content is simply latently devoured and not discussed".

Facebook is looking to prioritize posts by family and friends over news outlets. For example, live videos often lead to discussion among viewers on the platform, according to Facebook.

Facebook has been flirting with the idea of "sort of" creating two newsfeeds, one for friends and family and another for pages that would be buried under an Explore Tab. It's not clear how Facebook's latest change will affect those of you who've chosen that option, but it's worth a try.

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