Facebook is rolling out new ways for users to personalize their feeds and see more posts they like.
If you’re tired of seeing irrelevant posts on your Facebook feed, the social media platform is introducing new tools to help users customize the posts that appear on their feed.
Meta announced in a October 5, 2022 Press release that it is rolling out more ways for Facebook users to personalize their feeds, with options to show more or fewer specific types of content.
This gives users a way to interact more effectively with Facebook’s machine learning algorithm, as choosing whether to show more or less of a person’s or community’s content affects the ranking of this content.
As Meta notes in its announcement:
If you select Show more, the rank score of this post and similar posts will temporarily increase. If you select Show less, you temporarily lower its rank score.
Initially, Facebook will deploy the option on certain messages. As the feature rolls out more gradually, you’ll be able to select the three-dot menu on posts and choose the option to see more or less of that content.
The company notes that it is testing this feature with Reels as well, for those who want to stop seeing Reels on Facebook, or at least get better recommendations. But it also explores ways to personalize the content of streams for friends, groups, pages, and public figures. You will be able to access these options in your stream preferences.
While Twitter and Instagram have brought back timeline feed options, Facebook still relies solely on an algorithm-generated feed. This means that sometimes users see irrelevant content that they are not interested in, while missing posts from those that are important to them.
Other ways users can clean up their Facebook account include pausing certain people’s posts, unfollowing irrelevant pages, and adding certain people to their close friends list.
Get more control over your Facebook feed
While the new features won’t create a timeline or friends-only feed, they will help users have more control over which posts Facebook recommends to them. Hopefully more options will be offered to users in the future.