Today, the company has announced a change to its News Feed where it gives users control to decide what they’re interested in. News Feed Preferences just got a big update “to help prioritize stories, and make sure you don’t miss posts from particular friends and Pages”.
Users will now be given the ability to select which friends and pages they would like to see at the top of their News Feed. The rest of a user’s algorithmically defined News Feed will appear underneath and will remain as is.
While it was possible for users to determine what they saw on their News Feed by unfollowing people they didn’t want to see updates from or blocking a post, those tools weren’t really aimed at letting users explicitly decide what was right for them.
Facebook has also made it easier to discover pages that interest users by offering recommendations based on pages they’ve liked in the past. Further, users will be able to see a list of top users and pages from who they’ve seen posts in the past week and can choose to unfollow them.
In order to get News Feed Preferences users have to tap the more button at the right corner of the app with the tools hidden inside Settings. The feature will be rolling out for the iOS app today and for the Android app in the coming weeks.