I very much agree with Tyler here:
Zuck’s move is incredibly smart. In one fell swoop he put all this election garbage behind him. (BTW people should take responsibility for themselves instead of blaming a website.) That’s a very strong PR and smart political move. Facebook tweaks its newsfeed algo daily. They can always tweak it again if it proves too detrimental to their revenue.
This speculative China angle is fascinating!
Facebook’s pulling back from the news — which necessarily depends on conflict — and elevation of homier material may bolster the company’s attempt to enter China, where it has been met with stiff resistance.
“Facebook is just desperate to get into China, and it will never do that unless it censors news — and this is actually a neat solution to that,” Mr. Weisberg, the Slate chairman, said. “If you only have news on the platform shared by users, users who live under repressive regimes don’t have access to real news and can’t share it, because it’s legally prohibited.”
There is already a unicorn startup in China that’s purely newsfeed. I am not sure if FB can win in China after so many years’ headstart by local companies.