Do you want the good news or bad news about the latest Facebook update?
You know what, we'll give you both.
Facebook is making some serious changes to your news feed that will, in short, cut down the amount of content pushed by the social media giant. This means your feed will be filled with mostly friends and family.
But, guys, let's think about this for a second. Doesn't that mean our feeds are going to be clogged with updates from The Ex and other "friends" you don't really care for? You know the ones -- the ones you're only friends with for political reasons.
We like Facebook the way it is because, at the moment, it breaks up (sometimes BS) posts from friends and family with awesome stories from publishers, like *coughs* us.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, and, obviously, it's making publishers quake in their boots a little.
Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, told The New York Times,
There is now an expectation, in general, on the part of publishers that platforms will change, and that they won't necessarily be informed how they will change. This completely highlights how ownership of the user is a central tension between news producers and platforms.
So, I guess get ready to see a lot more of your ex.
Citations: The New York Times