In a public blog post, Facebook’s product management director Aastha Gupta laid out the platform’s incoming tests to reduce the “Political Content in News Feed”.
“During these initial tests we’ll explore a variety of ways to rank political content in people’s feeds using different signals, and then decide on the approaches we’ll use going forward […] One of the top pieces of feedback we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services […]”, Facebook wrote on a blog post originally flagged by True North News.
Facebook said they would not reduce the reach of “authoritative health organizations” like the WHO, despite its questionable ties with Chinese authorities and the CCP.
“COVID-19 information from authoritative health organizations like the CDC and WHO, as well as national and regional health agencies and services from affected countries, will be exempt from these tests. Content from official government agencies and services will also be exempt.”
In January, Facebook’s founder and CEO said the platform would aim at “depoliticization”. It is unclear what this will represent in terms of the platform’s future policies, but it could make it very difficult to share political content with other users or with the general public.
More details will come.