|Facebook Seeks to Be Your One and Only
By: Jessica Cherok
Tired of weeding through nonsense and trivial fluff in your Facebook feed? Well, you’re in luck. The social media giant is working on bringing even more high-quality content to your feed. But Facebook’s definition of “high quality” and yours may be vastly different.
If you’re the kind of person who goes to Facebook to peruse the goings-on of your friends and family, or lurk the photos of your exes, then Facebook’s new effort may prove annoying. According to Facebook, they will “be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo.”
Neat, but what about those of us not looking to Facebook for the latest on current events? Whether Facebook likes it or not, a lot of its users actually like seeing memes and silly Internet content. Of course, the photos will still be there, but not prominently displayed in the feed, because they’re being replaced with this so-called high-quality content.
Facebook has long been on the path of trying to position itself as the omnipotent website. It has been looking to go beyond where we go for social media to become where we go for everything. Their attempt to provide more high-quality content is intended to keep users from going elsewhere on the Web, and — most importantly — choose Facebook over other sites like Twitter.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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