It’s that time of the year again – Facebook is testing yet another update on its News Feed. Only this time, the change is going to reshape the way we read the news… again. According to various reports, the company is planning to introduce many more news articles in our News Feed, and become the go-to destination for people who read news, as well as publishers.
As article on Mashable recently explained, Facebook is currently testing a new News Feed layout that will include a dedicated news section that will offer articles and page updates categorised by topics, such us US & World News, Sports etc. These sections will appear at the bottom of the screen and users will be able to tap on them and see these in their News Feed.
The revamped News Feed was first spotted by Tom Critchlow, a marketing consultant, who took to Twitter to announce it. Apart from the articles and page updates, he stated that the updated News Feed also includes friends’ statuses that fall into the same categories as the news. Moreover, users will be given the opportunity to switch various categories on and off, so that they can customise the whole experience.
Whoah. Massive change to the Facebook news feed. Anyone else seeing this? pic.twitter.com/EA3dFQRS6y
— Tom Critchlow (@tomcritchlow) April 15, 2016
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For those in the know, this development makes sense, as Facebook recently announced that it’s making its Instant Articles feature available to all publishers that wish to take advantage of this technology.
Moreover, this update takes a clear hit at Twitter, that has been known as “the hub for news”. Could Facebook steal a share from its rival platform? Although no official launch date has been given, we will have to wait to draw safe conclusions.