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Facebook : Game Over for Clickbait Articles!



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Facebook : Game Over for Clickbait Articles!

Yesterday Facebook newsroom announced that they are creating a new algorithm to avoid clickbait articles that we see on our facebook news feed, and unfortunately these days you can’t see anything else on facebook but only clickbait articles. Hope that this algorithm will work to keep those article out to save our time and clicks, also I can’t wait to see what clickbait pages will do now…


What do you think about this step taken by Facebook?

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idealmike

Good!

No more "Click here to see a Lion get eaten by a 50 foot Anaconda" only to be taken to a site about PPI!! Doh!!

It will be interesting to see how it works. I'm wondering how it will work. I guess they will crawl the site the link is for and see if it's got those words on it or if it's completely different and the image itself that is showing on FB doesn't show on the site then they consider it as clickbait. I'm wondering it that's sort of how it's going to work as only real way I can tell unless they're using a database of sorts too.

To be honest, I never click them and I hardly every click anything on Facebook anyway. You all remember about the last Facebook notification malware issue that FB have tried to play down and make people forget about. God only knows if it's happened again. When it does, I know for a fact FB would rather try to deal with it internally and not let the news get out that it's happened. But that's simply why I never click hardly anything on Facebook. Even internal links to other FB pages unless I really need to. Especially not external links!




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procoder

Exactly Mike, no more time wasting article, as they announced on their website the algorithm will indentify phrases which are being used in clickbait articles. And yes as you said, i think it's a big database with all possible clickbait phrases.




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idealmike

Yeah I was just reading about it now. Apparently it will increase Facebook's revenue as well. I knew there was another agenda behind it! It's always that way with Facebook. They don't do anything on the site unless there is some other beneficial reason in it for them that involves them making more money. It just so happens that it creates a better UX for its users as well. Will be interesting to see how it pans out over the next few months and whether the people posting them will learn to adapt and find ways around it. The whole Internet is like a constant cat and mouse game. That's how it is with everything not just social media sites but OS's, apps and tools where they find a way to abuse it or mis-use it, the devs play catchup and then they find a way around that in a constantly changing circle. Hey what changes! Facebook : Game Over for Clickbait Articles!




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Corzhens

It’s only now that I understand the meaning of clickbait. Thanks for the info. Yeah, I have experienced that many times since I was not aware. When I click on something interesting, I would be scratching my head in wonder why I was brought to another site that is not related. So that’s a clickbait. Now I have learned my lesson. What I do is to hover the mouse over the link and I could see at the bottom left of the screen the web address. And if it is not the same as what the caption says then that’s clearly a clickbait.




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Webguy2024

Hey, I just read this article this morning. I am wondering how many people will be caught up in the click bait algorithm. I could see a lot of people getting blocked because of writing style. These people may feel like they are being censored and could get quite angry. I guess that we will have to see how well the algorithm works. If it doesn't work well then Facebook risks having a lot of very unhappy members and a ton of bad reviews. Do you think that this new algorithm is a good idea? I think that Facebook is just trying to stop members using the platform for free advertising.




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procoder

Well maybe.. but i think that algorithm it's just a good thing that should happen now or later, because clickbait articles are simply annoying.




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Lynne

Oh what a welcome change! I never read the article so this is the first I am hearing about it. I get so annoyed by Clickbait articles. I don't like clicking on something only to find something completely different when I arrive on the article.

How exactly will Facebook be dealing with this? Will those people posting Clickbait articles get blocked?




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bobjoehax3

Interesting.. This seems like a good idea, but I can't help but wonder what the side effects will be. Facebook : Game Over for Clickbait Articles! There's usually a catch with this kind of thing.




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overcast

I don't see facebook cracking on the clickbait articles. Most of such content comes from Vice, storypick, buzzfeed. And as you can see those stories surely reach people if they are designed to be that way. Facebook falsely said that they will crack down on such content. But lot of content with clickbait articles is circulating and there is no truth in those stories. As you can see such clickbait articles will continue to thrive. It's hard for facebook to crack them down.




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