Jan 13, 2018

Facebook fallout

Mark Zuckerberg gives a speech at Harvard. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Digesting Facebook's move to emphasize meaningful connections over time spent ("less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media"):

  • Axios CEO Jim VandeHei, quoted by Wall Street Journal's Ben Mullin: "People should chill out: Facebook is a public company that controls its own decisions and destiny ... Publishers should do the same damn thing." (Subscription)
  • N.Y. Times "State of the Art" columnist Farhood Manjoo: If Mark Zuckergerg "really does want to make the time we spend on Facebook count as 'time well spent,' I suspect Facebook will have to change much more radically than it is now letting on."
  • "It can’t just become a slightly healthier cookie company; it may have to get out of the sugar business altogether. And what, then, happens to all those billions in future profits?"
  • Recode's Peter Kafka: "Wall Street thinks this is not good news: Facebook ... closed down 4.5 percent to $179.37," in part because Zuckerberg was candid that the change could mean less time spent (and thus ads consumed) in the short term.
  • "Context: If you bought Facebook shares a week ago, that drop looks pretty scary. ... If you bought them a year ago? No problem. You’re still up more than 40 percent."

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