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Facebook to Surface More Longer-Form Videos in News Feeds, as It Gears Up to Launch Original Shows

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The explanation of the change Facebook is making is a bit wonky.
Facebook said it will gradually roll out the change to the News Feed algorithm favoring longer-form videos over the next few weeks.
So, for multiple reasons, Facebook wants users to be able to more easily find and watch longer videos — whether that’s stuff it has invested in or not.
It’s adjusting how it ranks videos in News Feed to weight the viewing-completion percentage of a video more heavily the longer a video is.
However, longer videos that people spend time watching may see a slight increase in distribution on Facebook — and by the same token, some shorter videos may see a modest drop in News Feed distribution, according to Facebook.

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Facebook Takes Aim at Fake News with New ‘Trending’ Formula

With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook‘s trending list will consist of topics being covered by several publishers.
Facebook Takes Aim at Fake News with New ‘Trending’ FormulaFacebook is updating its “trending” feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president.
The broader perspective might reduce the chances of Facebook’s users living in a “filter bubble” — only engaging with people and ideas with which they agree.
That change could widen the scope of information Facebook’s users see, instead of just topics that reinforce what they may have already heard or read elsewhere.
Facebook also will stop customizing trending lists to cater to each user’s personal interests.
Facebook Takes Aim at Fake News with New 'Trending' Formula

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Security News This Week: You Can Now Lock Down Your Facebook With a Handy Dongle

Security News This Week: You Can Now Lock Down Your Facebook With a Handy Dongle

Kaspersky Lab wrote in a statement that, “The case against this employee does not involve Kaspersky Lab.
We do not possess details of the investigation.” Before Kaspersky, Stoyanov worked at various other cybersecurity companies.
The employee, who is Head of the Computer Incidents Investigations Team, is under investigation for a period predating his employment as Kaspersky Lab.
That means Shodan can be used to find vulnerable devices, including 200,000 servers and such that are still contain the Heartbleed vulnerability.
The cyber forensics researcher Ruslan Stoyanov, who has worked at the Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab since 2012, was arrested in December.

 

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