Here's what Facebook News Feed overhaul could mean to users, business

Here's what Facebook News Feed overhaul could mean to users, business

The change to the way Facebook ranks posts will put more weight on social interactions and relationships, according to News Feed product manager John Hegeman.

Analysts said that Facebook's revenue is likely to take a hit in the short term but added that this step to make its network seem more authentic is probably necessary for the company to keep people's trust over time.

Fall in shares has reached up to 6.1% ahead of the open market, following the closing just below the flatline on Thursday.

At no point did he mention that video "exploded" because that's the way the news feed algorithm was designed, or that Facebook partnered with media companies to produce exponentially more video content.

What will change, however, is the way Facebook prioritizes what to show you first.

He said it showed that when sites such as Facebook were used to connect with "people we care about", they can improve well-being.

In 2013, Zuckerberg said he wanted the news feed to look more like a digital newspaper, filled with information tailored to each user.

"They're definitely going to be required to buy an ad", Schiffer said.

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Changes to Facebook's News Feed may have an impact on major suppliers of news and other content.

Here's a look at some of the ways the company has changed the posts appearing in users' customized news feeds, which launched in 2006, as well as some of the factors it uses in deciding what makes up those feeds.

There have also been complaints that the news feed - a stream of messages, photographs and videos - increasingly features posts from companies rather than friends.

"If Facebook downplays "low quality" publishers, as is widely rumored, it could be a net positive for Gizmodo, Jezebel, The Root and our other brands", Narisetti said in an email.

Facebook's new direction comes at a time when political discourse is often heated in the United States and nationalist groups are on the rise in other parts of the world.

Admitting that its changes will likely reduce the time people spend on Facebook less was a big deal for the company. 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 past year. With the latest update, the company says it's focusing on what Facebook is for - connecting with people you know.

Facebook recently paid millions to publishers, including The Times, to invest in making live videos for the platform, but it is unclear how successful the effort was for both Facebook and the news organizations who signed on. Facebook's battle against clickbait, for instance, sent click-dependent publishers like Upworthy into a tailspin several years ago. Facebook has introduced a series of changes meant to address the problem. "Good on Facebook - they are doing the right thing, long-term".

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll published in October found that Americans believed by a two-to-one margin that Facebook should have done more to identify and reveal the Russian ads.

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