How to control your Facebook Newsfeed
The world is a confusing place.
How do you decide what to watch, what to share and what to ignore?
That’s the challenge posed by Facebook’s new internal control system that lets you turn off news feeds that are deemed too biased, or not relevant, for you.
Facebook’s latest changes came as part of a wider overhaul of its social media app.
The changes come after the social media giant took on the likes of Google and Amazon in a court case that is expected to cost it millions of dollars.
Facebook says its internal controls have been “updated to be more robust and effective in identifying inappropriate posts and news”.
The news feed is now automatically sorted based on topics and users’ interests, and you can filter it by news type and news source.
However, the company warns users it may not be 100 per cent accurate at predicting the content of news articles.
Users can also opt out of receiving news feeds entirely, but the changes will be in place until the end of 2019.
The new system will be rolled out across the entire Facebook user base by the end-of-2019 timeframe, and Facebook says the new rules will apply to “the vast majority of users” in the US and Canada, although not for European users.
It adds that users will be able to turn off all feeds if they “agree to the changes”.
Facebook said its internal rules will now be “designed to be robust and impactful to ensure we continue to deliver a high-quality product to our users”.
Its new internal controls will only apply to posts from a “community of trusted friends and family”.
Facebook said its guidelines will now include a warning if a post is “inappropriate” for some users.