- Shares of Facebook fell 4.3% ahead of Friday’s opening bell in the US after the social network announced it would once again alter its news feed algorithm to prioritise content from users’ friends rather than brand or publisher pages. The share price did not recover during the trading day, and were down 4.5% in after-hours trade.
- “We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page Thursday, as part of an announcement regarding the company’s focus on “meaningful interaction.” His 2018 resolution was to fix systemic problems on the site, like harassment.
- The move is worrying for publishers, many of which have expressed concern, as the feed is a massive source of traffic and revenue for them.
- Facebook stock has gained 48% over the last year, and could grow another 18% to $US213, analysts polled by Bloomberg predict. The company will report earnings on January 31.
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