Facebook Hints It May Abandon News Feed

Facebook Hints It May Abandon News Feed
Stories are becoming so popular that the company may scrap its News Feed.

(CCM) — Facebook's iconic News Feed may be heading for the scrapheap as part of wholesale changes to the social network, Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, has hinted during an earnings call.

Zuckerberg discussed the ways in which social media usage is changing, and specifically how the popularity of Facebook's Stories feature is skyrocketing, according to a Business Insider report. "We expect Stories are on track to overtake posts in Feed as the most common way that people share across all social apps," Zuckerberg said.

"The growth of Stories will have an impact on how we build products and think about our business, including WhatsApp and Instagram, which are the number one and number two most used Stories products in the world."

Facebook prides itself on being agile and capable of changing tack quickly, and it is currently trying to respond to accusations that News Feed has been used to spread misinformation and "fake news" by special interest groups and foreign governments, the report points out.

A Stories-led approach to social media would be less prone to abuse and lead to less criticism of the company, so significant changes to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could be on the cards in the near future.

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