Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook News Feed Change May be About China

By M. Grace, January 20, 2018 04:01 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to go through bravely the Beijing air pollution on Friday during a run through Tiananmen Square in China.(Mark Zuckerberg's Official Facebook Account)

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook changed its algorithm in the news feed section as announced by the founder on January 12. Many experts said that this change might be about China.

It can be recalled that Facebook has been blocked in China since July of 2009.

"We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us. That's why we've always put friends and family at the core of the experience. Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our well-being and happiness," Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook account. "But recently we've gotten feedback from our community that public content -- posts from businesses, brands and media -- is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other."

As the algorithmic change took its effect, Facebook News Feeds are now being filled with friendly updates about people's lives and less to no news or even controversy.

"Wrapping too much journalism around your brand is a mistake for any platform hoping to still make it into China," Blau, president of WIRED publisher Condé Nast International, wrote in a post on Medium.

Chinese authorities publicly said that Facebook, Google and other platforms are still welcome in China proven that they will abide the laws and regulations of the country.

Zuckerberg also expressed his goal, adding that one day, he is hoping that Facebook enters China.

"There is a good Chinese saying, which says that if you work at it hard enough, you can grind an iron bar into a needle," Zuckerberg once said saying in Mandarin during his first public address in Tsinghua University. "If you keep working hard, you will change the world."

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