Facebook Helps You Control Your News Feed

Facebook has launched a new feature designed to make your News
Feed more transparent. Called “Why am I seeing this post?”, it
should help you understand why your News Feed looks the way it
does. And then help you
personalize your News Feed
.

Facebook Moves to an Algorithmic News Feed

When Facebook first launched, you’d see everything your
friends posted. It was simple, effective, and easy to understand.
However, as more people joined Facebook, the social network started
curating everyone’s News Feeds, whether they liked it or not.

This was good for Facebook, as it allowed the social network to
decide what you saw and when. However, many of us have become
increasingly frustrated with the algorithmic Facebook News Feed.
Especially as it’s almost impossible to understand.

“Why am I seeing this post?” is an attempt to fix that
problem.

Why Am I Seeing This Post?

In a post
on the Facebook Newsroom
, Facebook details the new feature,
explaining how it’s designed to “help you better understand and
more easily control what you see from friends, Pages and Groups in
your News Feed”. Or at least that’s the plan.

As the name suggests, “Why am I seeing this post?” will
explain why a particular post is appearing in your News Feed. It
will show how your past interactions have led to the post
appearing, and provide information on how your actions influence
Facebook’s algorithm.

Why Am I Seeing This? We Have an Answer for
You https://t.co/zKfqbGtpNO

— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom)
April 1, 2019

As well as showing you the why, this feature will give you
shortcuts to the controls needed to personalize your News Feed. All
you need to do is click on the drop down menu in the right-hand
corner of a post, and explore to your heart’s content.

Facebook is also updating “Why am I seeing this ad?” This
has been available since 2014, and shows you why you’re seeing
certain ads. The social network will now provide more details as to
exactly what has led advertisers to target you with their
wares.

Helping You Control Your Facebook News Feed

Ramya Sethuraman, a Product Manager at Facebook, said, “Both
of these updates are part of our ongoing investment in giving
people more context and control across Facebook. We will continue
to listen to your feedback and evolve these features over
time”.

Facebook has endured PR disaster after PR disaster of late. So
any effort which allows users to see what’s happening behind the
scenes should be welcomed. And if you’re tempted to take the
nuclear option, here are some reasons
not to delete Facebook
.

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Helps You Control Your News Feed

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Facebook Helps You Control Your News Feed