May 11, 2017

Facebook prunes 'shocking' news feed posts

Facebook said it had already worked on ways to stop spammers from advertising on the network and now it wanted to do more to take on "Organic posts" that turned up in news feeds. Users had told it they were "Disappointed" when they clicked on links that seemed to point to a news site but instead put them on a page built largely around adverts, Facebook said. Facebook said its analysis of hundreds of thousands of web pages helped it to identify those run by spammers. Facebook said the updated algorithm would be rolled out across its many territories over the next few months. "The change could help Facebook fight fake news, as fakers are often financially motivated and blanket their false information articles in ads," wrote Josh Constine on news site TechCrunch.

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