Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want politics to ruin your Facebook experience

 

 


 

 Since the 2016 US presidential elections, politics and its place on Facebook have been a big thorn in the side of the platform. After multiple attempts to be transparent and restore its image, the company is now thinking of reducing the place of politics on users' news feed.

At the same time, recommendations from groups dedicated to social and political issues could be completely removed from the network.
social, announces Mark Zuckerberg.

 

 

Yet another change for Facebook?


Facebook has always lived to the rhythm of political life, American and
international. We remember, ten years ago now, the role played by the platform during the Arab Spring. But, since 2016, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the White House, it is above all at the rate of controversies that Facebook is living.

Mark Zuckerberg intends to put an end to this link between the platform and political life. During the presentation of the group's quarterly results, the founder of Facebook revealed his outlook for the coming year. 'People only want politics and combat
[activist] take too much space in their experience, ”he said, without specifying the limits of what characterizes the political Facebook of Facebook, one might say, social.

Its goal, however, is to 'discourage divisive conversations' and create a 'positive' experience for users. So 2021 should be the year to 'invent ways to create economic opportunity, build communities and help people just have fun' according to Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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The end of the recommendations of 'militant' groups


During his speech, Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook had, in 2019, deleted more than a million 'political' groups violating its rules of use. He now wants to no longer encourage users to join militant groups, even if they do not violate Facebook rules.

“From now on, we plan to keep civic or political groups out of the recommendations (…). To be clear, it's a continuity
of the work we have done recently to bring down
pressure and discourage conversations and communities that divide, ”said Mark Zuckerberg, recalling that political groups would not be banned, but simply excluded from the recommendations.

In the same way, he explained that the social network was thinking
modify the news feed so that it puts less emphasis on political issues. “We are still working on the best way to do this,” he said, without giving further details.


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