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Facebook to prioritize posts from friends over publishers

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg last year. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Facebook will begin to prioritize posts from friends and family over public content and content from publishers, the company announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Facebook is the most widely-used news and information platform in the world; almost half of Americans use it for news and information. These changes will significantly impact the way people around the world receive and distribute information, possibly limiting the spread of fake news. But the change will completely shift the publishing landscape away from publishers that rely on the news site for traffic.