Facebook updating News Feed preferences, giving users more control over what they see

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Facebook is updating their News Feed preferences, hoping to give users more control over what they see.

Facebook announced Thursday they are updating their controls so you can see the stories that matter most to you.

“To do this, we use ranking to order stories based on how interesting we believe they are to you: specifically, whom you tend to interact with, and what kinds of content you tend to like and comment on,” the social network said in their announcement.

From Facebook
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The new controls lets users select which friends and pages they want to see at the top of their News Feed, and help users find Pages they would be most interested in.

Here’s how to use the new controls, according to Facebook:

First, go to your Facebook settings and find your News Feed Preferences.

Then, you can:

  • Select friends and Pages to see first
    • Within your News Feed Preferences, tap on a friend’s profile picture to see their posts first. You will then see any new stories they’ve shared since your last visit to Facebook at the top of News Feed, with a star in the top right of their post so you know why they’re at the top. You can scroll down to see the rest of your News Feed normally.
  • Find new Pages to connect to
    • Facebook says this feature will allow you to discover artists, news outlets, and business Pages that you might be interested in.  It will show you Pages based on the types of Pages you’ve like in the past.

The new features are available on iOS right now, and coming to Android and desktop within the next few weeks.


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