Mark Zuckerberg

'Like if you agree, share if you disagree!'

Get ready to see fewer spam posts in your Facebook News Feed. Taking to its official blog, Facebook is letting everyone know that it's taking a harder stance on not showing posts that people deem "spammy." The new effort comes down to blocking out three main types of posts: Like-baiting, Frequently Circulated Content and Spammy Links.

Like-baiting, as it sounds, are posts that explicitly ask for readers to "like" or share the post — we've all seen the "like if you agree, share if you disagree" kind of posts, and they're pretty awful. Surveys show that these posts are on average 15 less relevant to people than a post with the same likes gained organically.

Facebook defines Frequently Circulated Content as pictures or statuses that are re-shared over and over again to try and generate engagement, often from official Pages. Spammy Links are, well, spammy links — they intentionally try to mislead readers into clicking through links to questionable websites.

As Facebook moves further towards mobile with less screen real estate to work with, it becomes even more important to keep the News Feed clean. Any reduction in spam and questionable posts is a win in our book.

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Facebook taking action against spammy posts in your News Feed

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I don't mind seeing what my friends and family "like" like funny pictures or interesting ones. This is keeps Facebook from being completely boring IMO.

I want there to be a setting in my account to disable posts that have been liked more than 500 times or shared more than 20. I go to Facebook to catch up on Family and Friends. Not to see some 3rd party post that they deem funny or interesting.

I don't understand what makes that "spammy." What is specifically SPAM about it? It's not some random person soliciting clicks. It's your friends and or family that are actively clicking share and sharing it with you, because they find it important. If you think that's annoying block their posts or remove them from your friends list. Why should Facebook's algorithm tell me what I should and shouldn't see? That's ridiculous.

If you don't like what your friends are posting there's a simple solution. Delete them from your friends list!

I don't think you read the article correctly. They are talking about the pictures that have a ton of likes. For example: you see a picture of a fucked up dog. It will then quote " 1 like = 1 amen."

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Some people just don't read the whole article and understand it wholly b4 commenting

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I have no idea what either of you are talking about. The article clearly states "posts that ask users to like or share." I don't know what you see on your Facebook news feed, but the only time I see these kinds of things are from friends that have shared it and are then asking you to share it because they think it's important.

Usually it's some political BS or religious garbage about Jesus loving you, so like if you agree. I think it's all crap, but it's all from people that I have on my friends list (usually older family members that I am unfortunately not able to defriend).

If you're seeing crap like that from businesses, then I have no idea what you're seeing, because we're obviously seeing two different things.

So, coincidentally, the images and links exposing Facebook's policies fall under "Frequently Circulated Content".

I repeat, coincidentally.

Considering Facebook is responsible for 100% of spammy crap on our feeds this should be interesting.

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Is Facebook including themselves under this scrutiny? The ads that they push in between every 6 items on my news feed are pushing my limits. Disgusting practice

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Can Facebook do something about the very dumb spectrum of folks who like these spam posts and then share them? Like the "like if you don't hate retarded people" or "like if you want cancer obliterated" or the ones that show pets being mangled from 6 years ago? Majority of people who like/share crap like that... No matter how many times you link them to snopes, it just doesn't seem to sink in.
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