At the time he was talking about Russian interference and doubling investment in people to prevent it, but the language was also hinting at Thursday's announcement that gives additional weight being placed on friends and family posts over pages and businesses in news feeds.
He noted that because staying connected is the social network platform's primary objective, it will restrict public content propping up on users' news feed. Zuckerberg's vision for Facebook has always been a platform for giving people a voice and a place to make meaningful connections, though he spent much of previous year on the defensive.
"I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions", Zuckerberg said. Now Facebook wants you to think about making sure your post is extra meaningful, and what the meaning of meaningful might mean to you, but most importantly what it means to Mark Zuckerberg's algorithm. He further wrote, "By making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down".
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants the time users spend on the social network to be more meaningful, so an overhaul is in store.
"We believe these changes will be beneficial to Facebook in the medium and long term".
There's plenty of evidence to suggest the Kremlin and other agitators used Facebook's powerful viral machinery to sow discord among Americans: Posts meant to cause mischief about everything from Black Lives Matter to Texas secession helped exacerbate the country's political divisions during a turbulent election year.
European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) said allowing advertisers to tailor political content to personal tastes on social media such as Facebook was a danger to democracy, according to interview in Vienna's Der Standard newspaper. In the coming months, Facebook's algorithm will no longer prioritize content from news publishers and brands. Meanwhile, users can expect to encounter less public content. Friends and family will be shown more. And surely Facebook technology has reached the point where users should be able to personalized their News Feed and decide for themselves whether the people-centric vi. brand-inclusive content would be right for them. In fact, live videos on average get six times as many interactions as regular videos.
"Maybe there is less opportunity to be viewed with the prioritization changes, or if we try to talk to everybody on Facebook, it might be harder to come by", she said.
Facebook's focus used to be connecting people.
The Portal device is rumored to be released in the second half and will start off at $499 per unit, which is significantly higher than its rivals Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, but could still be lowered in order to have a better chance in the market.
Rather than bringing people together, users have been led to passively.