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Facebook is one of those places where sometimes we feel bad for unfriending people, even if their posts annoy us. Maybe your friend isn’t always annoying, maybe they just had a baby and you are totally not in baby mode or perhaps its election season and political views are just too much. Facebook has announced some changes and the most important of them is probably the new "Snooze" button. With Snooze you can give yourself a break from your friend for up to 30 days at a time. Facebook's Shruthi Muraleedharan writes, "One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control. Today, we’re launching Snooze, which will give you the option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or... Read more...
Facebook has a fake news problem, and it knows it. The social network giant was already under fire for hoax stories popping into its trending feed following its decision to fire all of its human curators in favor of AI algorithms. Things came to a head following last month’s U.S. presidential election and the role that fake news stories could have possibly had in swaying voters or further emboldening their positions. While Mark Zuckerberg at the time dismissed any notion that Facebook played an outsized role in determining the outcome of the election, the company is now making a concerted effort to combat fake news. “We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth... Read more...
When Facebook said this about clickbait....I WAS SHOCKED! But for real; Facebook recently announced that is attempting to cut down on the amount of clickbait that appears in user’s News Feeds. Facebook users complained about clickbait….AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! The website states that “our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them- ranking stories so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds.” Facebook notes that users mentioned that they like seeing authentic posts the most, and are incredibly put-off by clickbait titles.Facebook first worked to define clickbait titles. They categorized titles by considering two... Read more...
Regular Facebook users have surely been annoyed over the years at the social network giant’s constant meddling with your News Feed. For those of us that like to have “Most Recent” stories appear first in our feed, Facebook always seems to find a way to override those settings and display what it thinks we want to see. Facebook is once again tweaking that algorithm to make sure that the “most relevant stories at the top.” Facebook has made these changed based on feedback that it has received via its Feed Quality Program, which tasked thousands of regular participants with giving ideas on how to make their viewing experience more enjoyable. The findings lead to some noticeable tweaks that may help... Read more...
In an effort to ensure that the content that matters to you most reaches your eyeballs before all else, Facebook is tweaking things on the backend with three updates, all of which are focused delivering a better News Feed and social networking experience. As such, one of the updates will give priority to the things posted directly by your friends and family.When your best friend Phil or Aunt Mabel post a photo, video, status update, or link, it'll appear higher up in your News Feed so that you're less likely to miss it. This means that pages you follow, whether they're businesses that you 'Liked' or celebrities you stalk, will appear lower on your News Feed. Don't worry, you'll still see them,... Read more...
With so many troubling events going on in the world these days, it’s always nice to hear about individuals and companies doing positive things that make a difference in peoples’ lives. So it definitely brings a smile to my face to see that Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER Alerts to your News Feed. Facebook is being as discrete as possible with these alerts, which means that you won’t receive a blaring audio tones on your phone at 3AM in the morning or even a popup notification. Instead, the AMBER Alerts will simply blend in with your news feed as if it were another news story. When an AMBER Alert is issued by the National Center... Read more...