Facebook is introducing a new tool on Thursday to give users more control over what they share to their News Feed by managing who can comment on public posts, the social media platform said in a press release.
Users can control comments from their audience for a given public post by choosing from a menu of options ranging from anyone who can see the post to only the people and pages they tag.
The new feature gives users, public figures, creators and brands further control of who can interact with their public posts and limit potentially unwanted interactions and help engage in more meaningful conversations with communities, the platform said.
This new tool is part of a suite of recent product changes to help users more easily identify and engage with the friends and pages they care most about and ensure that they’re easy to find and to use, it said.
This includes features such as:
> Favourites: you can control and prioritise posts from friends and pages you care about most in your News Feed. By selecting up to 30 friends and pages to include in Favourites, their posts will appear higher in the ranked News Feed and can also be viewed as a separate filter.
> Feed Filter Bar: a new menu at the top of News Feed offers easier access to filtering posts by Most Recent too, making it simpler to switch between an algorithmically ranked News Feed and a feed sorted chronologically with the newest posts first.
> Snooze: you now can temporarily hide posts from a person, page, or group.
> “Why am I seeing this?” How News Feed works:
Facebook is also providing more context around the content suggested in News Feed by expanding its “Why am I seeing this?” feature.
To help users discover new and relevant content, Facebook typically suggests posts in the News Feed from pages and groups that you don’t already follow but may be interested in.
These post suggestions are primarily based on factors such as post-engagement, where users have previously interacted with a page or group; related topics, where Facebook may suggest posts from a similar topic to those previously engaged with, and location, where users may see a suggested post based on where they are and what people nearby are interacting with.
The expansion of the ‘Why am I seeing this?” feature means users will be able to tap on posts from the friends, pages, and groups they follow as well as suggested posts and get more context on why they’re appearing in the News Feed.
Facebook also said that to update what you want to see and how you share to your News Feed, check out your News Feed preferences and privacy settings in the app and adjust them to your liking.