Mar 31, 2021

Facebook tweaks its news feed with new controls

Facebook is adding features to users' main news feed, including letting them limit comment on their public posts to friends or even specific tagged people. So Facebook has moved its "Most recent" option to a new "Feed filter bar", at the top of the news feed, which also allows users to prioritise posts from up to 30 friends or particular pages, a feature introduced in October last year, before reverting to algorithmic content ranking. "Your news feed is shaped heavily by your choices and actions." In a further bid for transparency, the news feed's "Why am I seeing this?" links will now detail the criteria for recommended posts - from people and organisations users do not follow - such as having recently interacted with a similar post. The new controls would be available for Android app users first, Facebook said, with an iOS update for Apple phones in the coming weeks.

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