updated 11:30 pm EDT, Thu April 10, 2014
Facebook reduces "Like-bait" posts, spam, repetitive content from News Feed
Facebook today announced its intention to reduce the clutter on its News Feed feature, by reducing stores that users report as spam, or dislike. According to the company's newsroom release, Facebook will focus on content considered "like-bait", when a post explicitly asks reader to like, comment or share it to gain distribution; frequently circulated content, that becomes repetitive throughout a feed; and spam links, such as when a post claims to be a photo album or other content, and upon click-through is only advertisement. Facebook's engineers claim that this content reduction will affect the small set of publishers who frequently and intentionally creating feed spam, and not the majority of publishers on Facebook.
Reddit begins listing trending subreddits
Reddit has started to roll out a trending subreddit feature this week, allowing users to easily participate in current popular topics of discussion. According to Tech Crunch, "each day, Reddit will algorithmically select a half dozen or so non-default subreddits that have seen a particularly high amount of activity", and highlight them are the top of the site's front page. Reddit will only show safe-for-work communities in the trending list, and if a subreddit creator wishes for their thread to not ever make it to the Trending section, users can prevent it from being highlighted within the subreddit's configuration panel.