Facebook Defends Its News Feed Algorithm While Making Minor Tweaks to User Controls

People can now control who can comment on public posts, similar to measures introduced by Twitter

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On the same day that vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg penned a lengthy defense of Facebook’s algorithms in a Medium post, product manager Ramya Sethuraman revealed some minor tweaks to user controls over those very same algorithms in a Newsroom post.

The most prominent change introduced Wednesday is the ability to choose who can comment on public posts (public, friends or profiles and pages that are mentioned), similar to controls introduced by Twitter last August enabling users of that platform to determine who can reply to tweets (everyone, only people followed by the user or only people @ mentioned in the tweet).




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