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Mark Zuckerberg brags that people now spend less time on Facebook than before

Facebook Daily Usage Drops

It’s unusual for the CEO of a social network or an ad-based business to brag users are spending less time on the product the company sells. Even more so for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of the biggest social network in the world. Facebook, after all, makes more money the more time you spend on its apps.

But Zuckerberg just told the world that Facebook users spend every day some 50 million hours less than before. And Zuckerberg presented it as a significant accomplishment.

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Mark Zuckerberg brags that people now spend less time on Facebook than before originally appeared on on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at 06:50:05 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Facebook to Overhaul News Feed – Less Content from Publishers, More Content from Friends

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that some major changes are on the way to your Facebook News Feed. You’ll be seeing more content from friends and family, and less from publishers.

Facebook to Overhaul News Feed - Less Content from Publishers, More Content from Friends

Zuckerberg says users have said they’re seeing content from businesses, brands, and media crowding out posts from their friends. He says Facebook wants to change this. Rather than “relevant content,” the social network will instead help users find “meaningful social interactions.”

Based on this, we’re making a major change to how we build Facebook. 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 says the new focus will take “take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products,” with the News Feed showing the changes first.

We started making changes in this direction last year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products. The first changes you’ll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups.

Less public content will show in your feed, but the content that does display should “encourage meaningful interactions between people.” Zuckerberg says he expects to see engagement and the time users spend on the social network to go down, but that the time spent on the service “will be more valuable.”

Now, I want to be clear: by making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down. But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable. And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too.

At its best, Facebook has always been about personal connections. By focusing on bringing people closer together — whether it’s with family and friends, or around important moments in the world — we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent.

Mark Zuckerberg just reminded us that Facebook is bad and needs to change

Facebook News Feed

Mark Zuckerberg posted a message on Facebook late on Thursday that explains how Facebook will change in 2018. The CEO’s update is included in a brand new Facebook announcement that reveals what changes are coming to the News Feed going forward. Spoiler: the News Feed will show you less news and videos and more posts from people you interact with, or posts that would generate engagement, the positive kind.

In other words, Zuckerberg just acknowledged, again, that Facebook, as it is now, is bad for you and needs to be overhauled. Facebook’s chief said a few days ago that his 2018 resolution is to fix Facebook, and it looks like changes are already underway.

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Mark Zuckerberg just reminded us that Facebook is bad and needs to change originally appeared on on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at 06:50:51 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

4 very normal quotes from Mark Zuckerberg’s very normal visit to Philadelphia

Mark Zuckerberg, very normal person

"Zuckerberg Visits Philly, Orders Cheesesteak Like a Local," the Associated Press wrote this morning -- because, just like every other local, Mark Zuckerberg takes news crews with him on every culinary outing.

"Employees of The Original Pat's King of Steaks say the tech billionaire even knows how to order the sandwich like a local, saying "Whiz wit" to let cooks know that he wanted his steaks topped with Cheez Whiz and onions," the article continues. I am left with no doubt that Mark Zuckerberg knew this phrase organically. There is no evidence that the instructions were included in the briefing packet "How to eat like a regular guy," read on the private jet that Zuckerberg took to get to Philadelphia -- just like every other local!

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Facebook revamps political-ad rules after discovering Russian ad buys

Faebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (credit: Facebook)

Two weeks ago, Facebook admitted that a "shadowy Russian company" spent $100,000 on political ads targeting US Facebook users during the 2016 election campaign. At the time, Facebook turned in information about these ad buys to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the election.

Today, Facebook announced that it would also be turning the information over to Congressional investigators. And Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be stepping up its efforts to prevent foreign election interference in the future.

"The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy around the world," Zuckerberg said in a video posted to Facebook. "We can't prevent all governments from all interference. But we can make it harder."

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