Facebook Says It Will Nix Hoaxes from News Feed
Facebook today said it will reduce the number of fake stories published to users' news feed. Facebook said it is primarily targeting stories that are hoaxes or scams. Moving forward, Facebook will reduce the distribution of stories that are flagged by users as fake, stories that receive lots of comments warning others of scams or false content, and stories that are deleted by large volumes of people. Facebook said most publishers should be safe — including those that produce satirical content that is clearly marked as such. The changes apply to Facebook users' news feed both online and on their mobile devices.
Trending Stories Make a Comeback on Facebook Mobile
Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
Facebook Tweaks News Feed Yet Again, Also Adjusts Camera Behaviors
Facebook today announced several forthcoming changes to the central news feed design that should make it easier for people to tell what's going on. For example, conversation threads will more clearly show who is replying to whom.
Facebook Is Doing 'This' to Its News Feed
Facebook today said it intends to reduce the prevalence of clickbait stories in the news feed. Some articles contain headlines or links that tease people into clicking on them by omitting certain details, such as "Facebook is Doing 'This' to Its News Feed." In this example, Phonescoop didn't say what Facebook is actually doing.
A better way...
This change may lead people to "let down their guard", if you will, because in the back of their mind they have the idea that facebook isn't posting fake stories anymore.