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Facebook wants to be more like Twitter – tests ‘what friends are talking about’ on newsfeed


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

September 6, 2016 | 2 min read

As it moves to prioritise updates from families and friends, Facebook is now testing new compressed updates which emulate the snackability of Twitter posts.


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The social network is reportedly testing a newsfeed feature called ‘what friends are talking about’ on Android, devoting real estate at the top of the feed to give a quick snapshot of what people are talking about.

Mashable first spotted the changes on Friday and the company has yet to issue comment on the features.

It is assumed that it is just one of the ways that company is looking to catalyse inter-user chat its it reduces the focus on content from the slew of publishers reliant upon that audience.

Facebook is a site in flux, rolling out many small changes of late. Among them, the sacking of its editorial team and the commotion caused by its algorithmically curated trending bar caused the most furore.

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