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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that the company would no longer recommend Political Pages, Groups or Figures to its users.
Following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, civic and political groups will no longer show up in recommended boxes to users while scrolling through newsfeeds, search or messenger.
“This is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations,” Zuckerberg said.
The amount of political content that users see in their News Feed will be significantly reduced as a consideration.
“One of the top pieces of feedback that 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.
The company temporarily stopped recommending these types of groups to users located in the United States during October of 2020 leading up to the 2020 U.S. Elections.