Last month, Facebook announced new changes to its news feed algorithm, intended to focus users’ feeds on more “meaningful” content.
Essentially, what that means is Facebook will prioritize posts from your family and friends over “public content.” Facebook’s goal is to reinforce its dedication to fostering personal connections. Sounds good, right?
Well, to answer that, we need to look more closely at what constitutes public content. Mark Zuckerberg defines this as “posts from businesses, brands and media.” But it’s more than that. It could be sneak peeks from your favorite TV show. Recaps from your sports teams. Those cooking videos you watch during lunch breaks or between classes.
It’s also your local newspaper.
One of the biggest losers in this new Facebook update is digital journalism. Seventy percent of readers who reach The Daily Californian through social media find our stories through Facebook. And although Facebook also recently announced efforts to promote more stories from local papers, other attempts by the platform to curb media and video reach make the outcome uncertain.
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