Mark Zuckerberg Just Made a Sweeping Change to Facebook That Will Affect 2 Billion People and Tons of Businesses
In the wake of criticism about how its News Feed can be manipulated, Facebook is making some big changes to its flagship feature.
The company says it plans to give more prominence to status updates and photos shared by users' friends and family members while playing down news articles or anything published by brands.
"We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post Thursday on his Facebook page.
It's unclear what this will mean for brands and publishers who have grown reliant on Facebook for distribution. But it will affect all ~2 billion users' feeds.
"As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media," Zuckerberg said in his note. "And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard -- it should encourage meaningful interactions between people."