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Facebook to dial back political content on platform

Facebook to dial back political content on platform

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergNY Times columnist David Brooks says think-tank role 'hasn't affected' his journalism New York Times expands its live news staff Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships MORE said in a post on Wednesday that the company is looking to lessen the amount of political content users see on their platform. 

“[O]ne of the top pieces of feedback we're hearing from our community right now is that people don't want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. 

Users will still be allowed to join political pages or join movements, but the political content popping up in users’ main news feed will be reduced. 

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Zuckerberg did not explain how Facebook plans to implement this directive. Facebook did cut back on political content during the election season. Recommendations for political groups or pages will lessen on the platform. 

"We have to balance this carefully because we do have deep commitment to free expression," Zuckerberg said on a call with investors, Axios reported. "If people want to discuss [politics] or join those groups, they should be able to do that. But we are not serving community well to be recommending that content right now."

The call also emphasized that despite all the criticism Facebook gets with politics, politics takes up less than 6 percent of a user’s news feed. 

Facebook has recently received blowback, along with other social media platforms, for banning former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE indefinitely from their website after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.