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Facebook implements changes to newfeeds

With more than a billion people using Facebook, newsfeeds are flooded with stories from businesses, news organizations, advertisements, as well as posts from both family and friends on a daily basis.  Facebook is now changing its newsfeed algorithm to display more posts from family and friends.

With the change in the algorithm, The Western Front and other news organizations will no longer be easily visible on newsfeeds.

In order to have The Western Front stories be displayed high on a newsfeed, readers will have to personally go into Facebook and change settings.

Bellingham Herald article explains how easy changing the settings can be.

All one has to do is go to the organization’s page and look at the top where the term ‘following’ is. After this, click on the word and then click ‘see first,’ according to the article. This tip works with any Facebook account.

“Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to- starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook.”

The Facebook Newsroom

By clicking ‘see first’ on The Western Front’s Facebook page, it then allows stories to be published at the top of one’s newsfeed.

Facebook users are also able to unfollow friends and hide posts, according to a Forbes article.

Facebook wants the driving force of the news feed to be about family and friends rather than news stories and business sales.

“Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to- starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook,” according to a Facebook Newsroom article.

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