Facebook Highlighting More News Articles, Hiding Memes

Facebook Highlighting More News Articles, Hiding Memes

The only thing you can be sure of with Facebook is that just when you’ve become used to the latest rules that apply to what you see in your news feed, it decides to change the approach. The latest news feed switch will see more prominence given to “quality” news articles — and less to single-image memes. Bad luck, kittens.

Facebook explains the changes in an announcement post:

We’ve noticed that people enjoy seeing articles on Facebook, and so we’re now paying closer attention to what makes for high quality content, and how often articles are clicked on from News Feed on mobile. What this means is that you may start to notice links to articles a little more often (particularly on mobile . . . This means that high quality articles you or others read may show up a bit more prominently in your News Feed, and meme photos may show up a bit less prominently.

Facebook will also begin including related articles under some news posts, and reposting some news stories if they have attracted comments from your friends. As ever, while you don’t have ultimate control over what Facebook shows you, you can improve its usefulness by decluttering your news feed.

News Feed FYI: Helping You Find More News to Talk About [Facebook Newsroom]


  • Just who the Hell told them I like seeing articles and advertising?

    I’m on FB for my friends and not to be assaulted with articles and advertising.

  • But but but but… It’s the memes that I read the most on Facebook.. Most of the time don’t care about peoples updates… I go there to get a laugh at the memes people post. It breaks up my day rather than getting to see depressing posts from other’s boring lives lol.. I can post plenty of my own boring posts if I want to see that lol.

  • Oh yeah, I want to see more news. Like the “article” a friend linked to which claimed that in Germany, a town running under Sharia law charged a woman with raping 8 men, but she was raped. Turns out it was a hoax article, but do I really want Facebook highlighting BS articles like this?

    Just another reason to disconnect your account and go elsewhere.

  • Getting really tired of FB’s approach. They’re not gonna tell me what to read. It’s all gone downhill lately – default news feed option requires you to change to Live feed, then to enable all items from every single friend, and even then you don’t see 100% of the stuff in chronological order.

  • A few weeks ago I noticed that I didn’t have graph search, my Facebook language was set to UK, it appeared when I switched over to US, possibly other features could be delayed that way. In the past features have been released slowly (the edit option for one).

  • This doesn’t change anything for me. I’ll continue to use Ravetree and SnapChat instead of facebook because I want to keep my privacy. Facebook is struggling to do anything it can to keep users from leaving their gigantic advertising network.

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