Facebook's fight against fake news is going local

Facebook's fight against fake news is going local

The company plans to change how it handles video, by giving priority to those that users engage with and playing down those that generate views by automatically playing when seen in a person's feed.

He also pledged to defend Facebook from nation states.

Zuckerberg added that his way of running Facebook has shifted since the birth of his two daughters, Maxima and August, in recent years.

Meanwhile, media companies have been relying more than ever on Facebook to reach audiences and drive traffic to their websites.

"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", Zuckerberg wrote.

The comments come after widespread media speculation about the impact of social media on how consumers perceive issues and society, and the potentially harmful effects of bogus news and extremist content in news feeds.

The decision is based on community feedback that suggested too much brand and public content is being displayed, hindering interactive engagement across the site, Zuckerberg said.

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"People will actually spend less time on Facebook, but we feel good about that because it will make the time they do spend more valuable, and be good for our business in the end".

With fewer posts from businesses, brands, and media, expect to see more of what your "friends" are sharing and liking.

As a result of these changes, a user's News Feed will put emphasis on posts from Facebook friends and family members over posts from news sites and specific group pages.

As Facebook continues its efforts to squeeze in more information in the user timeline, the platform is reportedly testing a new feature that would show users local news and events judging by their location.

In an exclusive video interview with CNN Tech's Laurie Segall, Facebook VP Adam Mosseri described the move as a "rebalancing" of how Facebook's algorithms rank items in the main feed. That's why we've always put friends and family at the core of the experience.

Soon, Facebook says you will see more status updates from friends and family that spark meaningful social exchanges - parents discussing what bedtime stories to read to children, a friend seeking advice on places to travel or a newsy article or video on a topic you care about.

Do you think "Today In" is a step in the right direction for Facebook, or is there more the company needs to do?

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