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Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

Already last January Facebook announced changes in its content classification algorithms to provide news of the highest quality to the ‘Feed’ of Facebook, in athat already comes from far …

In fact, even there was talk about the possibility of implementing surveys that would allow users, although the truth is that the latest news we have in this regard are the words of Mark Zuckerberg a few months ago affirming that significant changes were in the furnace in the way Facebook classifies the content in its ‘Feed’ of news.

We all expected that these vaunted significant changes would finally mean the elimination, or at least mitigation, of the appearance of false news at ‘Feed’ of Facebook, and that is that Zuckerberg was talking about “High quality content” in his statements, but apparently everything that shines in the new algorithm is not gold , as we are told by the guys fromIt is already implemented although no one would have noticed.

The more things change the more they stay in the content categorized by Facebook, which continues to have Fox News as the most published media and that, as published by the renowned analysts of, the only thing that has changed for news editors is that users interact less now with shared information by media companies.

Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

Fox News is once again a header on Facebook, perhaps because of its local news sites …

In the previous months CNN.com and NBC.com had outperformed Fox News in the United States, but the month of April has been the return of the latter to the first place in terms of total interactions , and we speak not only of “Like” but also of comments, participations or reactions in the social network.

Changes in the algorithm of News Feed they supposed first a decrease for Fox News and then its subsequent recovery, although it is not entirely clear what motivated these movements, since in January there was only talk of favoring local sources when it comes to classifying news, what has been able to benefit Fox News.

The return of Fox to the first position in the platform is based on the commitment with its huge network of regional and national news sites, and the growing number of publications, more than 47,000 only in the month of April.

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Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

Fake news continues to run on Facebook despite changes in its algorithm

The ‘Fake news’ they are still protagonists on Facebook

Surely the most important thing for users is not which medium is the most content to add to the News Feed , and that is the really important thing is that the fake news still leaks out of control among Facebook news:

Despite efforts to combat the spread of misinformation, false news is still reaching the highest positions among the most shared stories.

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No exact figure has been given, but analysts who have been studying Facebook’s behavior in the last month of April have reported that Despite all the changes, the false news still leaks and Fox News has returned to the first place as before the statements of Zuckerberg, so they consider that nothing has changed …

Nothing except of the level of global interactions, which has decreased for practically all the media included the 25 with higher numbers of interactions and comments.

We will see if the work of Facebook manages to finally pay off and the false news is eradicated from its platform, although it seems that for now Mark Zuckerberg’s guys still have work to do and ground to go through in the ‘News Feed’ improvements .

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