Facebook Gives Users New Ways to Control News Feed

By David Cohen 

NewsFeedControlsSeenMostLastWeekUnfollowed650That was quick: One day after Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned during his town-hall question-and-answer session that the social network was working on adding more ways for users to control the content that appears in their News Feeds, product manager Greg Marra announced the release of new News Feed settings in a Newsroom post.

The new News Feed settings are aimed at allowing users to quickly unfollow and refollow friends, pages and groups, and they will be available on both desktop and mobile starting Friday.

Marra also introduced new ways for users to give feedback on the content that shows up in their News Feeds, and those will be available on desktop Friday, with mobile to follow “in the coming weeks.”

Marra wrote:

News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, pages and groups that you’ve seen in your News Feed over the past week. You can choose to sort by people, pages or groups posts, or see an overall summary. Unfollow any friend, page or group if you don’t want to see their stories in your News Feed. You can also see who you’ve unfollowed in the past and can choose to refollow them at any time.

If you see a story you’re not interested in or don’t want to see, you can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it. Starting Friday, when you hide a story, you’ll have the option to ask to see less from that person or page.

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If you choose to see less, you are then given the option to unfollow them if you don’t want to see any of their stories in your News Feed. You can always visit News Feed settings to see everything you’ve unfollowed and have the option to refollow them.

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Readers: What are your early thoughts on the new News Feed settings?

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