Monthly Archives: January 2018
Facebook has made significant changes to its newsfeed and here’s how it will affect you as a facebook user. You are going to see far less posts from pages and news sites that you follow, and more posts from your friends, family or those you choose to engage with regularly. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg explained that the focus will be on posts from those users that you engage with on a regular basis as well as “other trusted sources”
The said “trusted sources,” are not necessarily going to be the same pages and news sites that you are currently following – they are going to be sources that Facebook has determined as being “trusted” by way of what it (Facebook) mentions as rankings produced by “a diverse and representative” sample of Facebook users. Which of those sources are “trusted sources” and which are not, is not quite clear as yet. The sources that are not determined as “trusted” — even those you choose to follow — will simply fall by the wayside or lose their ranking in your newsfeed.
There is, however, a way to make sure that Facebook does not prevent you from seeing posts by your favourite sites. Follow the steps below on how to update your Facebook settings so that your newsfeed prioritises posts made by sites you currently follow, like the Busan Bandits Rugby Football Club, rather than letting the platform determine what you get to see.
On your Facebook homepage, click the drop-down arrow on the top right of the page and select “News Feed Preferences” (usually found near the bottom of the listed options).
Select “Prioritise who to see first” (usually the first option listed).
Change the view options to show “Pages only,” so it’s easier to find the pages for the sites you prefer to see in your newsfeed. Then simply select the pages you wish to see first in your newsfeed.
Another way to protect your newsfeed: Go to the Facebook page of the site you want to follow, click the “Following” drop-down arrow, and check the “See First” option “In Your News Feed.”
After you’ve made the adjustments to your newsfeed, make sure you’re still seeing posts from your favourite pages and news sites.
Here is what Mark Zuckerberg has to say about the Facebook newsfeed changes …
Continuing our focus for 2018 to make sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent…
Last week I announced a major change to encourage meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption. As a result, you’ll see less public content, including news, video, and posts from brands. After this change, we expect news to make up roughly 4% of News Feed — down from roughly 5% today. This is a big change, but news will always be a critical way for people to start conversations on important topics.
Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality. I’ve asked our product teams to make sure we prioritise news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we’re starting next week with trusted sources.
There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.