Facebook Prioritizes Posts from Family and Friends, Buries News

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The social media giant Facebook has begun implementing changes to users' news feeds that prioritize posts from friends and family over those from news organizations and businesses. The Menlo Park-based company says its new algorithm, which also elevates posts that generate the most engagement, will give users a more positive experience. But media companies, nonprofits and businesses that rely on Facebook to distribute information worry they'll lose their audiences. We discuss what the changes will mean for users and publishers.


Mike Isaac, technology reporter, New York Times

Carly Severn, senior social media strategist, KQED

John Battelle, founder and editor-in-chief, NewCo; founder, Federated Media Publishing; co-founder of Wired Magazine