Facebook user growth, time spent fall on news feed changes

Facebook is to make local news more prevalent on users’ feeds

But the Facebook's profits were much lower than expected, which the company is attributing the recent tax overhaul passed by Congress last a year ago.

"Facebook will identify local publishers as those whose links are clicked on by readers in a tight geographic area".

To help assuage these fears of censorship, Philips says Facebook "needs to be a little more clear about what they classify as fake news".

Are you one of those social media cranks who becomes irritated when you see someone fairly beg you, on something they just posted, to "please share this?" Well, according to Zuckerberg, if you follow a local publisher or share a local story, it could show up higher in your newsfeed.

Facebook announced Monday that it's going to put more local news in users' news feeds as part of an ongoing campaign to make users "happier".

Facebook has also been testing a new section that connects people to local news and events in their community, called Today In (currently available in six US cities). "People who know what's happening around them are more likely to get involved and help make a difference".

The News Feed algorithm update will roll out in the USA first.

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The update will be first rolled out in the United States and expanded to more countries later this year, Zuckerberg said.

Tap on the hamburger menu or the More option at the top-right corner of the app. Scroll down and you'll find the News Feed Preference option under the HELP & SETTINGS section. In recent months, Facebook has admitted that passive use of Facebook - aimless scrolling through the news feed - can be bad for mental health.

The company added that "large local publishers will benefit, as well as publishers that focus on niche topics like local sports, arts, and human-interest stories".

Bruce "The Blog" Apar promotes local businesses, organizations, events and people through public relations agency APAR PR. "Perhaps the real reason that Facebook is making these changes is because they are alarmed by the internal statistics around reach, engagement, form factor etc.?"

"All of [Facebook's] work to reduce false news, misinformation, clickbait, sensationalism and inauthentic accounts still applies".

Facebook is making changes to how it ranks posts in a user's News Feed, a move that has also raised questions about how this will impact the tech firm's growing ad business. Some critics have begun arguing that social networks like Facebook and Snapchat can be addictive.

Facebook sent a tremor through USA politics a year ago when it said that Russian agents used Facebook to try to sway American voters from 2015 to 2017, an allegation that Moscow denies.

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