Facebook news feed turns 10

Mark Zuckerberg (third from right) and his team at the launch of Facebook News Feed on September 6, 2006. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MARK ZUCKERBERG

Mark Zuckerberg (third from right) and his team at the launch of Facebook News Feed on September 6, 2006. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MARK ZUCKERBERG

Facebook is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its News Feed, an innovation that has changed the way news is shared and consumed on social media.

“This invention is one of my favourite stories from Facebook’s history,” said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

“At the beginning of Facebook, there was no News Feed. For more than two years, Facebook was just a collection of profiles.

“With News Feed, all of a sudden you could share with all your friends at once. And you could see what was happening with all your friends in one place. News Feed was the first real social feed. It was such a fundamental idea that now, 10 years later, every major social app has its own equivalent of News Feed,” he added.

The original team that worked on the feature, apart from Zuckerberg himself, included Chris Cox, Boz, Kang-Xing Jin and Ruchi Sanghvi.

Zuckerberg described News Feed as one of the most advanced systems built by his company highlighting that nothing of such had been built before it was launched.

But in spite of the glowing testament, the California-based company has had to defend itself against an allegation that it was suppressing conservative news in its Trending Topics sidebar.

Tom Stocky, the head of Search at Facebook said it was not technically feasible for its editors to alter the feature.

“We looked into these claims and found no evidence of systematic bias,” Facebook reiterated in its blog post, but added that “making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics.”

But the controversy has prompted the social media giant to announce that it will rely more heavily on an algorithm to operate the feature — which lists what news or events are hot topics — thus no longer requiring people to write descriptions.

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