Facebook announced on Wednesday (31) that it will facilitate the organization of its homepage in chronological order in applications for iPhone and Android phones.
The social network will add a bar at the top of the news feed to allow you to quickly choose between three filters:
conventional, defined by the Facebook algorithm;
favorites, which allows you to choose up to 30 friends and pages;
recent, with posts in chronological order.
The group of people and favorite pages will also be prioritized in the traditional feed, according to Facebook.
To G1, the company said that the availability of resources is happening gradually from today around the world.
The company will also add controls over who can comment on public posts.
Currently, when posting public content, anyone can interact. The new control adds two options:
profiles and pages mentioned in the post.
Context about suggested posts
Facebook will show more context when it displays suggested posts, groups or pages in your news feed.
These contents are promoted by the social network based on criteria such as engagement, related topics and location.
These are posts from pages and groups that users do not follow, but the company believes they may be relevant. By tapping the three-dot icon next to the publication, you can view the reasons for the recommendation.
Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, published a text on the Medium platform addressing criticisms of the social network’s algorithms.
According to him, it is not in the financial interest or reputation of the company “to raise the temperature and take users to more extreme content”.
Clegg also said that the algorithms favor what people themselves decide to like or follow and that the “personalized world of the news feed” is defined by the actions and choices of users.
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The Facebook changes come a week after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testified to the US Congress at a disinformation hearing.
At the time, Zuckerberg was asked whether his social network was responsible for the invasion of former President Donald Trump’s supporters to the Capitol on January 6.
He said those responsible were the people who broke the law and cited Trump for inciting them.
In 2018, Zuckerberg stated that people “disproportionately get involved with the most sensational and provocative content” on the social network.
Last February, Facebook announced a test in Brazil and the USA to reduce the amount of political posts in people’s feeds.