Facebook is Cleaning up Your News Feed

FacebookFacebook is Cleaning up Your News Feed Web Publishing took to their blog today with an update about the news feed. They're changing the sorting algorithms again, but this time around I don't think too many people will mind.

Unlike past changes which were designed to thin out the content you saw in order to get pages to pay to get your attention, today's updates are reportedly designed to filter out spammy, frequently circulated, and like-bait posts.

Pages and Facebook users that post spammy content are now going to be de-emphasized. Facebook says that by "measuring how frequently people on Facebook who visit a link choose to like the original post or share that post with their friends, we’ve been able to better detect spammy links." This includes unwanted content like stories that claim to link to a photo album but instead take the viewer to a website with just ads.

The new algorithm is also going to limit the number of times you see the same funny video or cute photo. They say that they are are improving News Feed to de-emphasize the Pages which post the content, which does not strike me as the right solution. I think it would be better to filter the content, not de-emphasize the source.

And finally, Facebook is also going to do more to filter out like-baiting. Like-baiting is when a post explicitly asks News Feed readers to like, comment or share the post in order to get additional distribution beyond what the post would normally receive.

Like this, for example:

Facebook is Cleaning up Your News Feed Web Publishing

The new algorithm is designed to better detect these stories and  make sure that they are not shown more prominently in News Feed than more relevant stories from friends and other Pages.

 

About Nate Hoffelder (9946 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Facebook Is Cracking Down on Buzzfeed-Style Clickbait - The Digital Reader

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tweet
Share
+1
Pin
Share
0 Shares
%d bloggers like this: