FYI: How to keep seeing EWN stories after Facebook's algorithm change

FYI: How to keep seeing EWN stories after Facebook's algorithm change

Kerry Wise
January 23, 2018

The effect on media businesses is likely to be profound, given that a large portion of Facebook's 2 billion users get much of their news from the site.

AdNews has been told that this latest move only impacts the United States - for now.

One Forbes contributor invoked Big Brother, saying that Facebook was fast making "Orwell's 1984 a reality".

You may also get to have a say in the trustworthiness of a news outlet after Mr Zuckerberg announced he will use member surveys to identify high-quality outlets. And to give Zuckerberg a break, his protestations that he truly wants to take the fake news off his platform appears laudable.

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Last week, he announced that as part of that focus, Facebook will be attempting to clean up its News Feed Feature, the portion of Facebook that features a mix of updates from users' friends along with content posted by businesses, nonprofits and political organizations.

Last week, Zuckerberg said the company would change the way it filters posts and videos on its News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share.

It remains to be seen what exactly the impact will be on the company's bottom line.

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Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post that there's too much "sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today", adding that something has to do done about the spread of what's now better known as "fake news".

Publishers aren't happy at the news, as many have already seen a decline in the reach of their content leading up to these changes.

Among the winners will likely be traditional media organisations with long histories or a strong broadcast presence, such as the New York Times or BBC.

"There was a period in the 70s when most American households watched one of the three major news networks", he said. Its stock surged after Facebook made the announcement.

The company initially proposed fighting false stories by letting users flag them. "The margins will be smaller but ultimately, nothing will change".

San Francisco - Facebook, which is cutting the amount of news in its news feed, will prioritise information from the publishers that remain on the social network by measuring how trustworthy they are, the company said. Publishers with lower scores may see a drop in their distribution across Facebook.

"We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective". If they do, we will ask if they trust it.