Facebook finally lets you control the content it shows you

Who knows you better than yourself? In Facebookhave always believed that their algorithms were capable of knowing at each moment what type of content we wanted to see at each moment, depending on all kinds of factors.

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It is not the only one, of course. All social networks have some kind of code that decides what to show you first, whether that video uploaded by your best friend, or the latest controversial news from your political party. And in many cases, they fail horribly.

Facebook asks for your help

Now, in a move that can perhaps be interpreted as a request for help, Facebook has implemented a way to directly control our ‘feed’, without having to depend on what the algorithm decides. Indeed, you will finally be able to decide if you want to stop seeing a type of publication, even if only temporarily, in case all that power goes to your head.

The novelty will be in the presence of two new buttons, which will appear in the publications of our Facebook ‘feed’, which come from users that we follow, groups that we are in, or recommendations from the social network.

If we click on “Show More” (Show More), temporarily the internal score that Facebook assigns to all the publications will go up for that publication and all those that are like that. So that should mean we’ll see more posts like it. On the other hand, if we click on “Show less” (Show less), the score of those posts will go down, and they are less likely to appear.

Two things need to be clarified. First, that these changes are temporary. That is, after a while (Facebook has not said how much), we will see posts that we have said we do not want to see, just in case we have regretted it. Second, this doesn’t completely remove these posts, it just makes them less likely to appear.

Option to customize our Facebook


Still, it can make a difference, especially since this feature doesn’t come alone. In the Facebook configuration we will also find a new option that will allow us to vary the frequency in which posts from our friends, groups and pages and public figures appear. Hopefully, that should reduce the number of political posts we come across, for example.

It’s no wonder that Facebook has finally considered making changes to its platform, considering that it’s losing the battle for relevance among younger users, with apps like TikTok and BeReal coming up with new concepts for connecting with other people.

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