Well, it has happened again.
Facebook, the social media giant where 67 percent of Americans get their news, has updated its algorithm.
The change, announced Thursday afternoon via press release and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page, will prioritize content that your friends engage with and show you less content from brands and publishers.
Simply put: Your Facebook News Feed will soon be full of the posts that your friends comment on and like the most and will show less of the videos and click-bait-y articles that you see from online media outlets.
We at the Southern California News Group like to think that we don’t publish much of the fluffy, popcorn content that Facebook seems to be taking aim at with this update. We think that our strongest content is the local news that you already seem to comment on and share with your friends and family because it matters in your life. However, there is a chance that some of the news we cover and post to Facebook won’t show in your News Feed anymore.
But don’t freak out. Facebook makes these types of changes often, and we’re not sure yet how this will affect your daily Facebook habits.
Plus, there’s a way to make sure that you see the news from us that’s more important to you.
On a mobile device
Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right of your screen.
This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences.”
This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.”
Click “Prioritize who to see first.”
You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite local news outlet is in there somewhere.
Scroll through the list and…