Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers

TechCrunch | 6/30/2017 | Josh Constine
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Technically, Facebook can’t suspend people’s accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational, or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn’t want to trample anyone’s right to share. But there’s nothing stopping it from burying those links low in the News Feed so few people ever see them.

Today Facebook announced an algorithm change that does just that. It detects links that are aggressively shared by suspected spammers, and deprioritizes them in the News Feed. Facebook’s research shows that these links “tend to include low quality content such as clickbait, sensationalism, and misinformation”, so showing them less prominently could improve the quality of what people see on the social network.

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If you just like to post a lot on Facebook, this shouldn’t affect you. And Facebook says only Pages that depend on these spammers for traffic will see a drop in their distribution.

That’s because Facebook’s VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells me it’s targeting “People who are sharing deliberately and purposefully . . . who purposely share vast quantities of things. 50-plus posts a day. Very significant statistical outliers. People having...
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