Facebook Pushes Out New Comment Feed Story Format

User comments have been redesigned to show small excerpts of the content, which has some Facebook users worried about their privacy.

User comments have been redesigned to show small excerpts of the content, which has some Facebook users worried about their privacy.

This change quietly became visible right around when Facebook reinstated the ability to like and respond to fan comments on pages for busineses and community administrators.

The changes look like new exposure of comment content to people whose privacy settings don’t include keeping their commenting activity out of public newsfeeds.

Up until the beginning of this week, new feeds would only list the name of the commenter and where he or she posted the comment without quoting anything from it. Now your friends see small excerpts of what you say, typically the first several words from a quote but not always.

If your privacy settings include keeping your comment activity out of public newsfeeds, your friends won’t be able to see the content of comments from you — however, when you look at your own profile you’ll see the changed format. Ultimately the change follows all existing privacy settings, even though the comments appear to reveal much more information about you.

What changes have you noticed in the news feed and comment updates this week? Are you a fan of Facebook displaying “teasers” of your comment content?

Jorge Cino contributed to this article.