Facebook to reduce promotional content

Facebook has released plans to reduce the number of promotional posts appearing in newsfeeds. As of January 2015, Facebook users will see less promotional content including posts which ask users to purchase a product or app, posts that encourage people to enter promotions or sweepstakes, and posts which reuse exact content from ads.

This change comes after the social network’s ongoing survey asked the public how they felt about the content in their newsfeed. It was found that people would prefer to see a greater number of stories from friends and pages that they care about and far less promotional content.

Facebook’s blog post stated, “Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their newsfeed. As we’ve said before, newsfeed is already a competitive place – as more people and Pages are posting content, competition to appear in newsfeed has increased. All of this means that Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.”

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