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You won’t believe why Facebook will block this headline

These sorts of posts are going to get pushed even further down Facebook news feeds with new algorithms. At least, we can hope they will be.

Facebook on Tuesday rolled out new changes to its algorithms that determine what posts users of the social network see in their feeds. The new changes increase the scrutiny of posts linking outside Facebook and reduce the visibility of posts with "clickbait" headlines by pushing them further down users' news feed page.

Last August, Facebook cracked down on specific news sources that consistently posted clickbait headlines, or "headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people," Facebook's Alex Peysakhovich and Kristin Hendrix explained at the time. This approach looked broadly at a publisher's posts to Facebook and lowered their relevance ranking if the publisher consistently used headlines with phrases like "You won't believe what happened next" and "Her reaction was priceless!"

The latest change increases the scrutiny given to news posts by altering the way they're assessed for "authenticity." This doesn't mean that people won't still find and click on the bait or see fake news; they'll just have to scroll a little further down the page to find it first.

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Facebook to add 3,000 to team reviewing posts with hate speech, crimes, and other harming posts

 A week after news broke of multiple videos of suicides posted on Facebook remaining on the site for hours, the company has announced a new plan to add 3,000 more people to its operations team to screen for harmful videos and other posts to respond to them more quickly in the future. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook said that this would be in addition to the 4,500 people already working… Read More

Alex Hardiman, former VP of product at the NY Times, will take the lead on Facebook’s news products

 Facebook’s role in spreading news, especially fake news, has been in the spotlight since last year’s presidential election. Now it’s promoting Alex Hardiman to lead its news efforts on the product side. Hardiman worked at The New York Times, most recently as vice president of news products, until joining Facebook last year. Read More

Crunch Report | Self-Driving Company Waymo Launches Public Test

Crunch Report April 25 Today’s Stories  Waymo begins first public on-demand self-driving service test in Arizona Google tweaks Search to help combat ‘fake news’ Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi Gett in advanced talks to buy Juno for $250M as Uber rivals consolidate Credits… Read More