Turns Out Facebook Isn’t a Good Place for Discovering News After All – DUH!


Twitter has long been noted as a great source of breaking news. Mainstream outlets like CNN have been mining the service for breaking news. Despite being a source of news for almost 50 percent of Internet users in the U.S., Facebook doesn’t do nearly as well at surfacing news as Twitter. So why the disparity?

According to a Facebook post by Anthony DeRosa, the editor-in-chief of mobile-news app Circa, “Facebook is virtually useless for trying to follow updates on #Ferguson.” Indeed, Twitter has been the place to go for updates. However, with a much larger audience, it’s easy to assume that Facebook would be a destination for breaking news.

The problem with this assumption is that Facebook’s algorithms act like a gatekeeper when it comes to news dissemination. “Photos, links to livestreams, and breaking-news updates (about Ferguson) were rapidly spreading on Twitter on Sunday night, while Facebook users were catching up on the day’s Ice Bucket Challenge videos,” writes Sam Kirkland for Poynter.

It seems Facebook’s algorithms are designed to surface posts that receive interaction, rather than posts that are timely. Pew data indicates that more people get their news from Facebook than Twitter, but Twitter has long been the favored social network for journalists and media professionals. Perhaps the journo community is attracted to Twitter precisely for its ability to break the news.

Turns Out Facebook Isn’t a Good Place for Discovering News After All – SocialTimes.

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