Updated: Aug 21, 2021
Facebook announced that they are introducing a way for users to control who comments on their posts and what they see on their News Feed soon.
The social media giant added a way for users to adjust their commenting audience by controlling who to invite to the “conversations” on the posts they publish publicly and limit potentially unwanted interactions. Users with huge followings such as public figures and creators may choose to limit their commenting audience on public posts to create a safe environment to better engage with their community and have meaningful conversations with them.
They will also be able to control what their News Feed will contain using the recently launched Favourites filter. Posts from a selection of 30 friends and pages will take priority in a user’s News Feed. These posts can also be viewed separately through the Favourites filter.
The Favourites filter can be accessed from the Feed Filter Bar, a new menu at the top of News Feed. The Feed Filter Bar can also allow users to switch between an algorithmically-ranked News Feed and the “Most Recent” feed – a feed sorted chronologically where the latest posts appear first. Android app users can access the Feed Filter Bar when they scroll up on News Feed, while iOS users will have to wait for the bar to be added in the coming weeks.
In addition to these tools, Facebook has also created a Snooze function to temporarily hide posts from a person, page or group and the ability to turn off political ads.
Facebook will also suggest posts from pages and groups you have not followed but may be interested in following or joining on your News Feed. The company stated that these post suggestions are mainly based on several factors such as post engagement, related topics and location.
The company will be expanding their platform’s “why am I seeing this?” to provide more context as to why the algorithm suggested a particular post and why some of your friends’ posts appear on your News Feed.
Facebook also reminds users that to check their News Feed preferences and privacy settings to update what they want to see and how they share posts to their News Feed.
Written by John Paul Joaquin