Facebook cracks down on clickbait headlines


It was a strong temptation to title this article “You’ll  never guess what kind of headlines Facebook is  cracking down on!” but that would run the risk of getting it caught by the very algorithm that is the subject of the story. According to an article in Facebook’s Newsroom press release feed, Facebook has gotten the message from its  users that they  want to see fewer articles with clickbait headlines in their news feeds.

You know the kind of article I mean if you’ve spent very much time on social media feeds at all—headlines which  leave out some crucial piece of information in order to pique readers’ curiosity and get them to  click through and read the article. For example,  the one I mentioned rejecting for this one. News outlets, especially the kind of fly-by-night outlets that don’t have any real  journalistic  appeal, often use  such headlines to drive…

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