Facebook is unrolling new settings that will give users more control over what they see in their newsfeed. Users can now select which friends and pages they would like to see first on the feed.
Previously, a Facebook algorithm was primarily responsible for who and what users saw at the top of their screens.
“Facebook’s algorithm is a very strange thing, and sometimes it can be frustrating,” CNET tech reporter Bridget Carey told CBSN. “The way it works is you could be friends with 900 people, and Facebook has a computer that’s really assuming what you think you may like based on what you’ve liked before, and you’re really only going to see about 200 of your closest friends.”
“You can say, I always want to see at the very top of my feed these people,” Carey explained. “And, you know what, I don’t want to unfriend the other people, but I just don’t want to see them anymore on my feed.”
Newsfeed settings are now available under “Settings” on Facebook’s iPhone app and will be available on Android and desktops within the next few weeks.