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Facebook changes algorithm to curb ‘tiny group’ of spammers

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said on Friday it was changing the computer algorithm behind its News Feed to limit the reach of people known to frequently blast out links to clickbait stories, sensationalist websites and misinformation. The move is another step by the world's largest social network to weed out spam, a battle Facebook has fought for years but that gained urgency after hoax news stories spread widely during last year's U.S. presidential campaign. Facebook said the change would reduce the influence of a "tiny…