New changes announced by Facebook to elevate content on its users' news feed that is shared by friends and family over that shared by news publishers could wind up exacerbating Facebook's fake news problem.
In a media release, Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri wrote that Facebook was built to bring people closer together, and among the ways this goal is achieved is by connecting people to friends and family members' posts.
With the new changes, users' timelines will be less saturated by posts from news pages and celebrities whom they follow.
News, brand and video content has "exploded" in recent years, "crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other", he said. "I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", Zuckerberg continued.
In a somewhat stunning announcement, it appears as though Facebook's founder and CEO has had an existential change of heart when it comes to the product and service he wants to offer the world.
Zuckerberg expects the time people spend on Facebook will go down.
Wieser said the decision to pull back the reach of brands in news feed will have a negative impact on Facebook in the short term, but will ultimately prove to be a smart choice for the health of the company in the long run, according to his note.
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David Chavern, president and CEO of News Media Alliance, said, "People are going to be consuming less news through Facebook than before". The News Feed is a firehose of traffic, and publishers are about to see that completely cut off.
"We believe these changes will be beneficial to Facebook in the medium and long term", said Mr Brian Weiser of the Pivotal Research Group. Meanwhile, users can expect to encounter less public content.
If he is honest about reducing the fake and low-calorie news stories clogging up users' Facebook feed, Zuckerberg could turn to the press for help. Also, our content is more visible the more people share and comment on it, so if it's a story you care about it, please share it. Friends and family will be shown more.
In September, the latest month for which figures are available, Facebook's total number of users was up 16 per cent over a year earlier to 2.07 billion. We've seen people interact way more around live videos than regular ones.
While these changes are headed in the right direction, they're still based on an algorithm and algorithms can be gamed.
Zuckerberg, however, sees the change as a readjustment toward what Facebook was meant to do all along: connect people.
"The first four words of Facebook's mission have always been "give people the power", Zuckerberg wrote this week.
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