What you need to know
- Facebook has announced changes to the way it shows news.
- It is going to prioritize original reporting and stories with transparent authorship.
- The changes will only apply to news content.
Facebook has today announced changes to the way it shows news on user feeds, stating that going forward it will prioritize original reporting and stories with transparent authorship going forward.
In a new blog post the company stated:
Facebook says that news is important in informing people around the world and that it wants to ensure that it is prioritized on Facebook. Facebook says:
Facebook will start by doing this with English language stories, before being expanded to other languages in the future. Facebook says that seeing stories shared by friends you follow won't change, but when multiple stories on the same topic are shared by publishers, Facebook will boost the original story more, working with publishers and academics to refine the process.
Facebook has also said it will demote content "that does not have transparent information about the publisher's editorial staff":
Facebook says that as a result of these changes original news may see "an increase in distribution" as a result of these changes. You can read the full announcement here.
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