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Facebook Promises Revamped Research Policies

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Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer issued the social network’s strongest response to date to the controversy over a 2012 study in which the News Feeds of 689,003 randomly selected Facebook users were manipulated in terms of positive or negative stories to gauge their emotional effects, promising in a Newsroom post that changes would be made to the way Facebook conducts research, including clearer guidelines, review teams, training, and a portal for all of the company’s research.

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NEWS FEED: Facebook Places More Emphasis on Why Users Reject Ads

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Facebook has repeatedly stressed its mission to provide the most relevant ads on News Feed, and the social network Thursday announced two more steps it is taking toward doing so: When users indicate that they don’t want to see specific ads, Facebook will take into account the reasons why those users rejected those ads when decided whether or not to serve them to other users. And more weight will be given to feedback from users who rarely or infrequently reject ads, compared with input from serial ad rejecters.

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Facebook Adding View Counts to Videos

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Facebook announced that it has been averaging more than 1 billion video views per day since June, with 65 percent of them on mobile, and brands and users that post videos will now be able to see how much of those 1 billion-plus views they were responsible for, as public videos from users and pages will now display view counts.

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