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  • Designing mindful machines Crunch Network

    Designing mindful machines

    Facebook recently fired the entire Trending Topics team of human editors amid accusations they were promoting specific agendas and biasing what news was deemed “important.” Now the company is relying on machine learning algorithms to manage Trending Topics — and finding that keeping the results free of hoaxes and fake news isn’t always easy. Read More

  • Facebook feed change that predicts what’s informative could reprioritize news

    Facebook feed change that predicts what’s informative could reprioritize news

    News outlets may get back some of their mojo stolen by a June Facebook feed algorithm change that preferred friends over publishers. Today Facebook will start predicting stories that are informative and highlighting them to people if they’re “related to their interests, if they engage people in broader discussions, and if they contain news”. Facebook surveyed tons of people… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More

  • Facebook’s News Feed is changing again to prioritize sites you actually read

    Facebook’s News Feed is changing again to prioritize sites you actually read

    Facebook says it learned that the actions people take on Facebook — liking, clicking, commenting or sharing a post — don’t always tells the whole story of what is most meaningful to them, so just when you were starting to get used to the way Facebook shows your News Feed, it’s time for another shake-up. Read More

  • To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    Until now, Facebook ranked stories in News Feed with an emphasis on what you click, Like, comment on and share. But thanks to insights from new qualitative surveys where users gave each feed story one to five stars, Facebook is now leaning heavily on a second signal — what you want to see. That could reduce the visibility of stories with sensational headlines, or that overtly beckon you… Read More

  • Facebook Empowers Us To Tell News Feed What We Want To See First

    Facebook Empowers Us To Tell News Feed What We Want To See First

    “We know the algorithm isn’t perfect” News Feed Product Manager Greg Marra tells me. So to make sure Facebook stays entertaining and addictive, it’s giving users more direct control over what they see by revamping News Feed Preferences. Facebook is rolling out to the U.S. a way to choose friends and Pages they want to “See First” atop the feed, after I… Read More

  • Facebook’s Feed Now Punishes Pages That Ask For Likes Or Share Reruns

    Facebook’s Feed Now Punishes Pages That Ask For Likes Or Share Reruns

    You’re not clever enough to fool Facebook. Asking users to “Like this post!”, sharing the same link or photo over and over, or bait-and-switching people with links to ad-filled sites will now get your Page’s reach in News Feed destroyed, the company said today. Share unique, interesting content and you’ll be fine. Last week I wrote a deep guide to why… Read More

  • Facebook Feed Change Punishes Pages For Posting Crappy Memes

    Facebook Feed Change Punishes Pages For Posting Crappy Memes

    Facebook is cracking down on Pages that try to trick their way into your News Feed. Today it announced a feed algorithm change for Pages that gives more visibility to timely, relevant, sharable content from trusted sources. Meanwhile, it punishes Pages that ask people Like their posts, and post “low-quality” memes. The update could drive more traffic to reputable Pages while… Read More