What could possibly go wrong?
Facebook continues to roll out changes in the wake of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s bold promise to “fix” the platform in 2018. Last week, the company announced sweeping changes to its News Feed, vowing to show users more content shared by their family and friends, and to prioritize said content over posts by media outlets and brands.
But based on Facebook’s latest announcement, published January 19 to the company’s official blog with an accompanying explanation on Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page, the platform’s News Feed overhaul has just gotten more complicated — and, many people are arguing, more fraught.
Facebook’s January 11 announcement about the changes it’s making to the News Feed explained that “showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses.” Many people reasonably interpreted that statement to mean they would see less news shared by publishers in their feed.
And that interpretation still appears to be true. But as Zuckerberg has now revealed in his January 19 post, the news that people do see from publishers will also come from a more limited number of sources. More specifically, it will come from “trusted” media sources that have been vetted by Facebook’s community of users.
“There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today,” Zuckerberg writes. “That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.”
“This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook,” he continued. “It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to Read More Here