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Facebook ends the Explore Feed less than 4 months after its launch

Facebook ends the Explore Feed less than 4 months after its launch

Test drew major criticism from publishers in countries like Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Cambodia. And while Facebook might have considered the countries involved an inoffensive test bed for a controversial change, it turns out even extricating itself from news can be a political act.

In recent weeks, Facebook announced a drastic change to the News Feed - a single feed, not split - that prioritizes social engagement among family and friends over Pages and other public content. Users had to click an "Explore Feed' button to access unpromoted posts from publishers".

Going forward, Facebook also plans to revise its practice of trying new features and designs in select markets. In a news post this week, Facebook said that Explore was created based on "consistent feedback" from people looking for a more personal News Feed. Today, we're ending one of those tests: "the Explore Feed", the company has said it its blog post. Which is what Facebook says its users actually want.

Struhárik said news media websites are stronger now by not relying on Facebook for traffic, and he expects traffic from Facebook to fall further in the long term because of other changes to the News Feed that deemphasize media overall.

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Heavily armed officers fanned out throughout the city, and residents and students were asked to stay inside and lock their doors. USA Today reports that police believe the suspect is still on campus. "If you see something suspicious, call 911", it wrote.

Mark Zuckerberg made it his new year's resolution to clean up the site after the discovery of 470 fake pages and accounts with connections to Russian Federation that bought ads during the 2016 USA elections.

The version of the feed that was visible to users worldwide, in a separate tab, showed users what Facebook's algorithm thought they'd be interested in discovering, content from Pages they didn't already follow.

In a more general update to all Facebook users earlier this year, the priorities of the News Feed were changed to focus on posts from friends the site thought users may wish to interact with, at the expense of public or promoted content. "We're acting on this feedback by updating the way we evaluate where to test new products, and how we communicate about them".

The indictment mentioned Facebook and Instagram 41 times, underscoring how heavily the Russian effort relied on social media to promote incorrect news and divisive content.