Social networking giant Facebook is giving users more control over what content they see in their news feeds.
The News Feed is by far the dominant feature on Facebook for connecting and sharing content between users. Facebook regularly makes changes to how content is seen on the news feed, but new changes will be giving some power to the people.
“What users do in their news feed helps determine what they will see,” says Greg Marra, product manager at Facebook. Changes will enable users to give more feedback to Facebook about whether they want to see certain posts on their feeds, with a more direct way to unfollow friends.
News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that seen in a user’s News Feed over the past week. From there, users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary. Users can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they don’t want to see their stories in their News Feed.
Users can also see who they have unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at any time. A person is not alerted when they are unfollowed, but their posts will no longer appear in the user's feed.
Users can hide stories they are not interested in or don’t want to see by tapping the arrow in the top right of that story. Starting today, when users hide a story they’ll have the option to ask to see less from that person or Page.
News Feed settings will be available starting today on desktop and mobile. The new options for giving feedback about your News Feed will be available today on desktop, and coming to mobile in the coming weeks.