Click-baiting is an eye-catching link on website without offering much information which encourages people to read on.

Facebook initiated these changes after a survey, in which 80 percent of the people said that they preferred to click on headlines which give a basic information about the articles.

Facebook also announced that from now the links should be posted in a “link format” instead of sharing them in captions.

“Over time, stories with ‘click-bait’ headlines can drown out content from friends and Pages that people really care about,” said Facebook in a blog post.

Facebook will now monitor the time spend by users on a link and if users go back to site in seconds then it may be regarded as a click bait article.

The social networking giant will also look at the ratio of the people clicking on content compared to comments and shares. If many people click the links without liking or commenting on the post then it may be dubbed as a click-bait article.

Facebook Messenger downloaded over 500 million times

Although it initially faced backlash by people, the new Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, reports Google Play Store.

The Messenger app earlier received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download a separate app to access their messages.

There were some users who were worried about the privacy implications of the Messenger app.

Replying to some of the queries, Facebook said: "Our goal is to focus development efforts on making messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences."

Facebook has said it will move messages out of the main Facebook app, claiming that messaging with the new messenger is faster and more reliable. No app has yet been downloaded over 1 billion times, according to Google.