Is Facebook Deemphasizing News Content on User's Feeds Because Trump Won? 1/18/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Facebook has announced changes to its news feed, which ironically name, considering their plan is to offer less news and more content from family and friends popping up on your feed over content from publishers, including this one you’re listening to or reading.

Facebook pretty much years ago offered just content from close friends, then along the way it started offering more news content on user’s feeds.

The reason for this change is because Facebook got accused of helping to spread fake news during the 2016 election, plus there was that story of a $100,000 ad buy from Russia to promote fake news on the website. Publishers from the left and right, as you’d imagine are not excited about this change.

CEO Zuckerberg wants his site to be more positive by having more friend content highlighted than news, which as we all know can cause anxiety, distress, and anger.   

Trying to be more positive is all well and good, but it makes me wonder had Hillary won the election, would this change occurred?

Trump used social media to help win the election, and I wonder would there had been as big an outcry about fake news, propaganda, and news spreading on Facebook if Hillary won the election?

I’m guessing not. They would’ve been happy with news of the wonders of the Hillary presidency spreading on Facebook feeds all across the land, which would’ve been the ultimate fake news!

 I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Posted on January 17, 2018 .