Facebook, Twitter Making Changes That Impact What You See On Your Timeline. Some Good, Some Not So Much.

August 18, 2014  |  


Facebook will now label fake news articles as satire because users read the articles and think it’s the truth. Satirical media outlets such as The Onion will be the subject of such labeling. Facebook representatives told Buzzfeed:

“We are running a small test which shows the text [‘Satire’] in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units.”

Chances are, a good number of people have been called out for falling for something that wasn’t real. So helping people recognize satire might be a good change. But Twitter has also put a change in place that’s rubbing people the wrong way.
The social network has started posting tweets on user timelines that have been favorited by others they follow. “Why does my twitter timeline randomly show me what people have favourited and who they follow? I don’t give a sh*t,”writes Rosie from London. Well all righty then. They will also receive notifications when others follow other Twitter users. The Next Web says Twitter is also taking away Bing translations from tweets and sending notifications when people start following a handle (we’ve received notices as people have started following reporters covering the situation in Ferguson).

Pando Daily also reports that Twitter may switch to a Facebook algorithm. By doing so, Twitter timeline content will be selected for users. Pando’s David Holmes says if this happens, Twitter users will not receive important information on breaking news as they do now, one of the major pluses of being on Twitter.

Del Harvey, head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, exclusively told IT World, that they’re also looking at rules that will curb trolls like those that drove Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda off of social media entirely. “[Twitter] suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules, and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

Twitter has yet to respond about it’s recent changes regarding the favorited tweets. Any thoughts on these changes?

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