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Facebook’s new news feed will favor posts from friends over businesses

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Facebook is changing the algorithm that dictates user news feeds. Non-paid content from businesses will lose prominence in favor of what ‘friends’ share. This includes posts from major media outlets.

In a statement CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company received complaints that consumers wanted the social media platform to focus on “personal moments.”

“It’s easy to understand how we got here,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Video and other public content have exploded on Facebook in the past couple of years. Since there’s more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do — help us connect with each other.”

Zuckerberg admitted that the changes would likely reduce the amount of time users spend on the platform. However, he was optimistic that the new algorithm would boost engagement and human to human interaction.

The decision does not affect advertisements, allowing businesses to show on user news feeds if they pay for the access.

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Nino Dvoršak

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"Thank you, Nino. This is just a bareb..."

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"10/10 Nice work, that's important news"

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Charles Michio Turner is an American journalist who reports on labor, politics and development. In 2016, he reported from Myanmar on the several growing social movements in the country. His goal is to find new ways to include audiences in the new reporting process. Let him know if there's an issue or question that you see as being underreported or poorly reported. Twitter: @charlesmichio

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  1. Other

    10/10
    Nice work, that’s important news

    1. Rewrite

      Thank you, Nino. This is just a barebones story though. Please EDIT STORY if you think there’s important info missing.

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        Have no new info and don’t want to invest that much time, journalism is my sister’s thing.

  2. Rewrite

    Here is a suggested rewrite for that sentence.

    “Facebook is changing the algorithm that dictates user news feeds. The changed algorithm will prioritize what friends share instead of non-paid content content from businesses.

  3. Rewrite

    The opening sentence of this story is unclear – at least to a British ear.

    “Facebook is changing the algorithm that dictates user news feeds, prioritizing what friends share instead of non-paid content from businesses.”

    Does the current algorithm prioritize what friends share, or will that be the result of the change?

    1. Rewrite

      Hi Martin, I cleaned up the lede. I hope it reads better now. Feel free to edit a story next time you see problems in the copy.

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