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Tricks to regain control of the Facebook feed (or try) | Digital Trends Spanish


We live in an age where algorithms dominate much of what we see on Facebook, on social media and, in general, on the internet. From prioritizing search results and ads we see to posts, pretty much everything is solved by code. However, there are some tricks to regain control of the Facebook feed or at least try.

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The Facebook news section has undergone a number of changes since its inception. Although there was a time when the first thing you saw were the publications of your friends and family, today it seems to be dominated by content that could irritate you and, therefore, increase your interaction, as denounced in mid-2021 by former employees of the company, such as Frances Haugen.

In response to pressure from local authorities, Facebook announced in November 2021 the introduction of a series of changes, such as the possibility of defining how many publications you want to see in the news section. Although these changes are in the process of being implemented, there are some that you have historically been able to execute and most likely you were unaware of.

Trick 1: see the most recent posts

Every time you open the Facebook app, the first post you see is defined by an algorithm. It is not the most recent or the one that is most popular among your contacts, but Facebook considers that you might be interested, based on your previous interactions on the platform.

However, you can still make your news feed show the most recent posts. You should only consider that this function should be activated every time you enter the platform, since by default Facebook prioritizes its algorithm and there is no way to avoid it.

To use the latest posts option, follow these steps:

From a computer

  • Login to your Facebook account.
  • In the left menu, under your name press the option Most recent.
  • If it doesn’t appear, press the button See more, to display all the alternatives.
  • That is all. Now you can see the publications as they are generated.

From a phone

  • Login to your Facebook account.
  • Press the main menu in the upper right side (three horizontal lines).
  • Select option Recent and favorites. If it doesn’t appear, press the button See more, to display all the available alternatives.
  • That is all. Now you can see the publications as they are generated.

Trick 2: set news preference

The second option is to establish a personalized configuration of your news section, either defining people about whom you want to receive more information, hide the publications of groups or people, re-follow those who you had left in the past or define if you want to show the number of reactions.

To do so, you just have to follow the following steps:

From a computer

  • Open your Facebook account.
  • Go to the section Settings and Privacy.
  • Press the option News preferences.
  • Select one or more of the following options:
    • Manage favorites: define up to 30 people or pages from which you want to receive more publications.
    • Stop following: select the people or pages whose posts you don’t want to see in your news feed.
    • Reconnect: follow people or pages you left again.
    • Hide temporarily: you can hide a profile or page for 30 days.
    • Reaction preference: you can define if you want to show the number of reactions in your publications and / or see the rest.

From a phone

From a smartphone you can do it from the news section individually. In this way, when you see a post that you want to adjust, you must perform the following steps:

  • Press the three ellipsis at the top right of the post in the news section.
  • In the drop-down menu, select some of the following options:
    • Add (Contact) to favorites.
    • Stop following (Contact).
    • Hide from (Contact) for 30 days.

A second alternative is to do it from the option More recent from the main menu and choose the settings menu and set the configuration that best suits you.

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