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How Instagram’s algorithm works

Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends’ posts before the app ditched the reverse chronological feed for an algorithm in July 2016. Despite backlash

Facebook fights fake news with author info, rolls out publisher context

Red flags and “disputed” tags just entrenched people’s views about suspicious news articles, so Facebook is hoping to give readers a wide array of info so they can make their own dec

Facebook swings at Twitter with Breaking News label

Facebook’s algorithm is terrible at surfacing breaking news, often showing urgent posts hours or even days later when more facts have since emerged or the story has changed. This has made Twitte

Micropodcasting? Facebook tries Voice Clip status updates

More intimate than text but easier to record than video, Facebook hopes voice could get people sharing more on its aging social network. And internationally, where users may have to deal with non-nati

Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS

Facebook will begin allowing news publishers to run paywalls inside Facebook's iOS app starting March 1. Facebook started testing paywalls on Android in October, but at the time it couldn't come to an

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation.

Facebook’s U.S. user count declines as it prioritizes well-being

Facebook is putting its short-term money where its mouth is, reducing the presence of viral videos in an effort to boost well-being of users of its site. In Facebook’s Q4 2017 earnings report t

Facebook stock dips after the platform deprioritizes publishers

Facebook shares fell around 5 percent on Friday following the news that the company would retool its News Feed to boost social interactions over stories from publishers. Mark Zuckerberg announced the

Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for ‘well-being’

Facebook is making a huge change to its News Feed algorithm to prioritize friends and posts that spark comments between them at the expense of public content, news outlets and, importantly, the total

Facebook downplays test banishing all Pages to buried Explore Feed

Facebook has caused a 60-80 percent drop in referral traffic to news outlets in six countries due to a test that removed Page posts from the News Feed and relocated them to a separate, hard-to-find Ex

Facebook attacks Pinterest with ‘Sets’ of posts

Identity is prismatic. You show different sides of yourself to different friends in your life. Now Facebook wants to let you share the niches of your interests while stealing thunder from Pinterest's

Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links

Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i

Facebook ‘Snooze’ button temporarily hides people in your feed

Sick of a friend's non-stop vacation photos? Bored of hearing about some business Page's big launch? One of your groups won't shut up about their upcoming get-together? Now Facebook has a Snooze butto

Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters

"Cloaking" sounds sci-fi, but it's actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent-looking version of their site while real visitors just see ad

Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers

Technically, Facebook can't suspend people's accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn't want to trample anyone's right to share. But there's n

Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

Facebook’s leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it’s putting its muscle to good use. The social network is bringing its battle against clickbait abroad, getting more p

Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm change announced today. Facebook defines a "low-quality site" as one "containing litt

Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages

Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That's because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to foll

Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren’t fake, sensational, or spam

Facebook is prioritizing “authentic” content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content “that people consider genuine, and not misleading, sensati

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 rely
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