Facebook shares trip after News Feed overhaul

FILE PHOTO: A hulk trademark is seen during Facebook's domicile in London, Britain, Dec 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
PHOTO: A hulk trademark is seen during Facebook’s domicile in


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(Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc fell 4 percent on Friday after
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the
platform’s centerpiece News Feed that he pronounced would strike user
rendezvous in a nearby term.

Zuckerberg pronounced on Thursday a association would change a filter
for a News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share,
while shortening a volume of non-advertising calm from
publishers and brands.

If a premarket declines in shares hold, Facebook stands to lose
scarcely $23 billion from a marketplace capitalization on Friday as a
outcome of a move.

Pivotal Research Group pronounced a research of Nielsen’s digital
expenditure rates showed that use was already descending before to
Zuckerberg’s announcement, nonetheless from really high levels.

“We can assume that a concerns reflected in Zuckerberg’s
post might really good have been pushing these declines,” Pivotal’s
Brian Wieser wrote in a note.

The association has been criticized for algorithms that might have
prioritized dubious news and misinformation in people’s feeds,
conversion a 2016 American presidential choosing as good as
domestic sermon in many countries.

While, Facebook’s promotion would be unblushing by a changes,
a change was expected to meant that a time people spend on
Facebook and some measures of rendezvous would go down in the
brief term, Facebook said.

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It might also have an impact on vital suppliers of news and other

John Ridding, a arch executive of a Financial Times, warned
on Friday that a mastery of online promotion income by
hunt and amicable media platforms was putting vigour on media

“The FT welcomes moves to commend and support devoted and
arguable news and analysis. But a tolerable resolution to the
hurdles of a new information ecosystem requires further
measures,” he said.

“In particular, a viable subscription indication on platforms that
enables publishers to build a approach attribute with readers
and to conduct a terms of entrance to their content.”

(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; modifying by
Patrick Graham)

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