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Say goodbye to the flood of meme pictures in your feed

Facebook is always actively tweaking its algorithms to display just the right content in your News Feed, and the latest change is to a focus on articles and news. Interaction with news-based articles suggested and shared in the News Feed has almost tripled in the last year according to Facebook, and new changes are going to go a step further.

Our surveys show that on average people prefer links to high quality articles about current events, their favorite sports team or shared interests, to the latest meme.

Focusing primarily on getting additional clicks through mobile apps, the upcoming changes will put more emphasis on articles shared from reputable sources and less on "the latest meme" that your friends share. After clicking through to read an article from Facebook, you'll now often see up to three related articles in your News Feed nested under the original as well.

It's a step towards more "legitimate" news and high-quality content being shared on Facebook, and one that Google+ and Twitter have already moved towards recently. It's no secret that no matter what you do to filter your News Feed it's generally going to get overrun with some pretty useless content — let's hope Facebook can strike the right balance with its latest algorithm tweaks.

Source: Facebook