Facebook Updates News Feed Controls

By David Cohen Comment

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Facebook announced several new ways for users to control their News Feeds, including the official rollout of the See First feature it began testing in April.

The updated News Feed controls are rolling out to iOS users Thursday, with Android and desktop to follow “in the coming weeks.”

With the new controls, users will be able to:

  • Choose which friends and pages they would like to see atop their News Feeds.
  • Discover new pages.
  • Easily unfollow or reconnect with friends and pages.

Product manager Jacob Frantz shared more details on the updated News Feed controls in a Newsroom post:

Within 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.

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Helping you find new pages to follow can help you connect with publishers, artists and businesses you might be interested in. Based on the types of pages you’ve liked in the past, you can discover new pages in order to get more of the stories you care about.

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With an updated design of the tools we previously launched, you can now see a list of the top people, pages and groups that you’ve seen in your News Feed over the past week, and choose to unfollow any friend, page or group if you don’t want to see their updates. You can also see who you’ve unfollowed in the past and choose to refollow them at any time.

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To get to News Feed preferences, tap more in the bottom-right-hand corner of your mobile app. News Feed preferences are located under settings. You can come back at any time to update your choices.

This latest round of changes to News Feed did not include one of Facebook users’ most requested tweaks—enabling them to choose “most recent” as a default setting.

Readers: What do you think about the updates to Facebook’s News Feed controls?

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