Facebook tests reportedly helping spread fake news in News Feeds

Facebook tests reportedly helping spread fake news in News Feeds

Facebook tests reportedly helping spread fake news in News Feeds

"By focusing on bringing people closer together - whether it's with family and friends, or around important moments in the world - we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent", Zuckerberg wrote. On Friday, Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that the San Francisco-based internet behemoth would start prioritizing "meaningful social interactions" ahead of "relevant content".

This is evident in the recent revelation that Facebook's tests surrounding the News Feed have, so far, actually given fake news a boost on the social network.

McNamee has been making the rounds lately, writing in various publications about what he thinks Facebook ought to do: Apologize, be more transparent about what it's doing to keep it from happening again and make CEO Mark Zuckerberg available to testify in a public hearing before Congress. "But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable". By late 2017, the usage rate barely budged, rising to 66% of U.S. adults, but the share of those who got news on Facebook rose to 45%. They were trading down 4.1 percent at 9:45 a.m.in NY. Facebook says its research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise, but that's hard to verify independently since the company is cautious about providing data to outsiders. He reportedly also warned the good Samaritan of a planned terrorist attack, and the story subsequently became widely circulated on Facebook. "People are frustrated with the Russian Federation revelations and fake news and have taken it into their own hands and stopped engaging". The changes could jeopardize that route to their audiences, though some speculate it could be a ploy to force these companies to buy more Facebook ads.

Image Roger McNamee Sandy Parakilas and Tristan Harris talk to Jo Ling Kent
Roger McNamee Sandy Parakilas and Tristan Harris talk to Jo Ling Kent. NBC News

Facebook's News Feed is broken.

You'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.

FACEBOOK never claimed itself to be a media company.

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Facebook Messenger, meanwhile, is getting a makeover in 2018. "It may not be good for the business in the short term". "Facebook's users, I warned, might not always agree".

Ironically for Facebook, the blank News Feed comes just days after the company unveiled plans for a massive overhaul of the feature. Since then, annual sales have soared from $5.1 billion to an estimated $40.2 billion a year ago - and the news feed has become increasingly crowded with advertisements and posts from brands and publications. We started making changes in this direction previous year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products.

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So, if you post something on your business page and you have 500 followers, only 15 to 25 people will see that post if you aren't putting budget behind it. "The brand was at risk of becoming toxic". What's more, this is the same mentor who apparently convinced Zuckerberg not to sell Facebook and instead make it bigger. Well, the impact on businesses and Facebook too will get visualized shortly. But this time, their focus has been shifted to providing a platform that augments meaningful interactions with relatives and friends.

The 1-year-old Dotface has 110,000 fans on its Facebook page, its primary channel for reaching viewers. "We won't know until we see what happens". They were nice enough to provide us with a free platform to reach fans, promote brands, and make money; why are we so quick to condemn them when they ask for a little money in return?

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