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Facebook Tweaking its News Feed to Show Your Best Friends, Key Links on Top

Facebook, however, said the changes aren’t meant to show more or less from Pages or friends

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Facebook is tweaking its News Feed to help its over 2.3 billion users see friends they want to hear from most and links which are most worthwhile right higher up on its platform.

Facebook conducted surveys to get more context about the posts people want to see and who they want to see them from.

“We are announcing two ranking updates based on surveys we’ve conducted: one prioritises the friends someone might want to hear from most and the other prioritises the links a person might consider most worthwhile,” the social media giant said in a blog post late Thursday.

Facebook would look at the patterns, some of which include being tagged in the same photos, continuously reacting and commenting on the same posts and checking-in at the same places — and then use these patterns to inform its algorithms.

“This direct feedback helps us better predict which friends people may want to hear from most,” said Ramya Sethuraman, Product Manager.

This does not mean News Feed will be limited to posts from only certain people and it also does not mean people will necessarily see more friend content.

“Rather, you will likely see posts from those you have close relationships with higher up in your News Feed,” said Facebook.

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FILE – The Facebook logo is seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. (VOA)

Facebook said its prediction models are continuously updated based on the interactions people have with their friends on Facebook.

To show relevant posts, a Facebook survey asked people what posts they thought were worth their time.

Based on these surveys, Facebook is updating News Feed to show people links they will find worthwhile.

“We then combine these factors with information we have about the post, including the type of post, who it’s from and the engagement it’s received, to more accurately predict whether people are likely to find a link valuable,” said the company.

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According to media reports, the change might hurt Facebook Pages that share clickbait and preference those sharing content that makes people feel satisfied afterwards.

Facebook, however, said the changes aren’t meant to show more or less from Pages or friends.

“Rather, the Page links that are surfaced to people will be ones they find worth their time… and the friend posts will be from friends people want to hear from most,” it explained. (IANS)

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Vodafone Quits Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Project: Report

The Libra project, which is still in development, aims for the launch of its first version this year

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Vodafone has become the latest big player who have decided to quit Facebook’s controversial Libra cryptocurrency project.

Vodafone joins PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Mercado Pago, eBay, Stripe and Booking Holdings in withdrawing from the controversial project — and is the first company to exit after the Libra Association was formed in October last year, coindesk reported on Tuesday.

The companies left owing to concerns about heightened regulatory scrutiny.

“We can confirm that Vodafone is no longer a member of the Libra Association. Although the makeup of the Association members may change over time, the design of Libra’s governance and technology ensures the Libra payment system will remain resilient,” the Libra Association said in a statement.

“The Association is continuing the work to achieve a safe, transparent, and consumer-friendly implementation of the Libra payment system.”

Despite top-notch firms pulling out, Facebook and 20 partner organisations formally joined the digital currency Libra project in Geneva in October.

The Libra Association said that more than 1,500 entities have expressed an interest in joining the digital currency project.

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Representations of virtual currency are displayed in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture. VOA

Several US senators have opposed Facebook’s digital coin, arguing that the social networking giant has been irresponsible with user data privacy. They have even called the digital cryptocurrency Libra “delusional” and “dangerous”.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in October about Libra, defending the idea, but acknowledging the struggles left to overcome.

Libra has failed in its current form, according to the President of Switzerland.

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In a media interview, Swiss President and Finance Minister Ueli Maurer stated that Libra does not have a chance of being successful “because the basket of currencies that is deposited in this currency is not accepted by the national (central) banks”.

“The project in this form has actually failed,” Maurer was quoted as saying.

The Libra project, which is still in development, aims for the launch of its first version this year. (IANS)