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Facebook's latest change won't stop the scourge of fake news. It needs to do more

The latest announcement may come as a welcome change for Facebook’s users Credit: Noah Berger/AP

Mark Zuckerberg has announced wholesale changes to everyone’s Facebook newsfeed. Brands and news will be shown less. Friends and family will be shown more.

This should come as little surprise for those who have been following Facebook’s travails over the past year. Since Donald Trump’s election, Facebook has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in creating a post-truth atmosphere, with potentially damaging consequences for democracy.

But even without Facebook’s struggle with fake news, the changes were much needed. In July 2017, Mark Zuckerberg said that his vision for the largest social network was to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together". The newsfeed has grown increasingly cluttered for years, filling up with more viral videos, with users being tagged into pointless memes.

Rather than bringing people together, users have been led to passively...

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