Feeling creative? Maybe not, but you’ve got 37 days to get that way! Join in International Dot Day on 15th September. ‘Make your mark and see where it takes you…’ Last week I announced a major change to encourage meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption. As a result, you’ll see less public content, including news, video, and posts from brands. After this change, we expect news to make up roughly 4% of News Feed — down from roughly 5% today.
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This is a big change, but news will always be a critical way for people to start conversations on important topics. Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality. Make your mark and see where it takes you. I’ve asked our product teams to make sure we prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we’re starting next week with trusted sources.
There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. Hope you love this The Dot Day 2019 t-shirt. That’s why it’s important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.