Facebook is the ever-growing, always changing social media site that people can’t seem to get enough of. While meant to connect people all over the world, Facebook has been known to be the home of rants and harmful content. Facebook’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, recently announced that significant changes are coming to Facebook. These changes are meant to improve the quality of content that people see on a daily basis and increase “meaningful interactions” between people.
Mark Zuckerberg: “One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.”
In a Facebook post made just a few hours ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would be completely changing Facebook’s structure. “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 wrote. He added that he had received a lot of negative feedback complaining about the number of ads that are crowding out the personal moments.
Over the past few years, videos and public content have exploded and taken over Facebook’s newsfeed. “Since there’s more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do — help us connect with each other.” Zuckerberg sited research as showing that people feel better about themselves when they use social media to connect with people they care about. “We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long-term measures of happiness and health.” He adds that passively reading articles or watching videos may seem entertaining and informative, but they are not suitable for our well-being.
The most significant change that Facebook will see is that there will be fewer advertisements, news stories, and videos in newsfeeds and more quality content from friends and family. The goal is to focus on meaningful interactions between friends and family. While small changes have already been made, we should expect to see less public content and more from our friends and family in the coming weeks.
These changes could be a move towards making Facebook a “safe space.”
Zuckerberg ends by saying that he wants people’s time on Facebook to be more valuable. He believes the changes will positively affect the community. “By focusing on bringing people closer together — whether it’s with family and friends, or around important moments in the world — we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent.”
Recently, it seems that Facebook has been used by people to post political rants and tear each other down. While Mark Zuckerberg never says it, these changes could be meant to cut down on the political content that Facebook users see daily. By removing political material and reinforcing positive, personal connections, Facebook could be the new “safe space.”
What are your thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg’s changes? Will the changes positively affect Facebook? Is he pushing for Facebook to be a “safe space”? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.