How will Facebook's news feed changes affect what you see?

How will Facebook's news feed changes affect what you see?

Facebook says its research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise, but that's hard to verify independently since the company is cautious about providing data to outsiders. In this charged atmosphere, agents working for a Kremlin-linked company, the Internet Research Agency, disseminated content that reached an estimated 126 million users in the United States in 2016, Facebook revealed to Congress during hearings on the matter a year ago.

Tweaking users' feeds may cause the social media platform to lose some of its luster for content producers or media companies, especially video makers that can not make money on Facebook regardless of how many of their videos go viral, said Cho Sodam, founder of Dotface, a youth-oriented media startup based in Seoul, South Korea.

The company says that's similar to how people make friends and interact with each other offline.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had vowed to "fix" the Newsfeed this year in the wake of criticism for enabling the distribution of "fake news". If a relative or friend posts a link with an inaccurate news article that is widely commented on, that post will still be prominently displayed.

The jury is still out on how seeing mostly exuberant posts from friends and family affects people over time.

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In a post on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), CEO Mark Zuckerberg said community feedback had shown that public content has been "crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other".

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor's cat. The impact is it will demote the videos, news stories and business posts created by publishers, even if users have subscribed to their feeds.


Nearly half of US adults get at least some of their news from Facebook, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. Now, going forward, News Feed priority will be given to posts from friends, family members and groups.

So what does this mean for what you'll see when you scroll through your news feed in the future?

We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being. Facebook's move to highlight posts from friends and family over those from brands and publications follows months of turmoil for the social network and will result in lower advertising revenue - at least in the short-term, analysts said. The hope is that posts by people over companies will foster community, commenting, sharing and interaction. Dotface's videos about a South Korean mother giving a hug to young sexual minority people who could not tell their parents about their sexual orientation struck a chord with viewers around the world, accruing 5 million views and many shares, comments and likes. Zuckerberg later said he had been too hasty and dismissive of the concerns. Teenagers are particularly prone to "Facebook depression" as they try to measure up to and fit in with their peers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health". Maybe, maybe not. But Facebook's goal is to make people happier using the site - not to expose them to opposing views.

"This big wave of public content has really made us reflect: What are we really here to do?"

"And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard - it should encourage meaningful interactions between people". Facebook accounts for about 17 percent of visits, on average, to the digital companies he advises, he said.

Zuckerberg added that his way of running Facebook has shifted since the birth of his two daughters, Maxima and August, in recent years. Zuckerberg said. "If what we're here to do is help people build relationships, then we need to adjust".

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