It it’s ongoing effort to manipulate public opinion, Facebook says it’s prioritizing local news on the social network.
They’re doing this for your own good right? Just like the elite media.
“People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook. Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives,” Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a social media post.
If a user follows a local news outlet or a friend posts a local story, it may show up higher on the News Feed, he said.
A clearly miffed Mercury News reports that a growing number of Americans are consuming news stories from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But Facebook, which also competes with news outlets for ad dollars, has faced criticism that it isn’t doing enough to combat misinformation from going viral.
Facebook says it has been revamping its News Feed to show more posts from family and friends and fewer posts from businesses, brands and media.
In 2017, about two-thirds of Americans got at least some of their news on social media, according to the Pew Research Center.
Meanwhile, U.S. newspapers continue to face declining circulation and ad revenue. In 2016, ad revenue for the newspaper industry was about $18 billion, a decrease of 10 percent compared to the previous year, according to the center’s annual report about the state of the news media.