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With Facebook you can take the wheel of two important functions. Here’s how to use them



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Facebook gives you more control over what you see in your news feed and who can reply to your posts.

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Facebook makes it easier to control what you see when you browse the social media platform, in particular what appears in your news feed and who can comment on your posts, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. The changes give you more options for who and what you see in your newsfeed, and who can comment on the things you post.

The updates allow you to customize your Facebook news feed and allow you to choose friends whose posts you want to prioritize. You can also switch between the usual feed (which is determined by an algorithm) and one that is sorted chronologically, with the latest posts at the top. Finally, you can control who can comment on a public post from a menu of options ranging from everyone to just the people or pages you tag.

Here’s how to change your Facebook settings to fine-tune the way the site works for you.

How to Control What to See on Your Facebook News Feed

Here’s how to use Facebook’s new settings, according to the Help Center:

1On your desktop, click the down arrow in the top right corner of the screen.

2Select Settings and privacy> News feed preferences

From there you can select the following:

  • Manage favorites, to choose the people and pages you want to prioritize, meaning their posts will appear higher in your news feed. Some friends and pages are already prioritized based on information such as your past interactions. You can add up to 30 friends and pages to your favorites.
  • Unfollow, to select which people, pages, or groups you want to stop seeing posts from (even though you are still their Facebook friend, like the page, or belong to the group).
  • Reconnect, to retrace a person, page, or group that you unfollowed in the past.
  • Snooze, which lets you restart, stop, or add more time to the people, pages, or groups you’ve “snoozed” for 30 days.
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Customize your Facebook news feed with these new setting options.

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How to view your news feed chronologically rather than based on Facebook’s picks

Go to your feed to temporarily see the most recent posts in your Facebook news feed. Click in the left menu view moreClick Most recentTo go back, reload the page.

This feature is now available on desktop and Android devices and will roll out to iOS devices in the coming weeks, according to Facebook.


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How to Control Who Responds to Your Facebook Posts

To change who can comment on your public posts, do the following:

1From the desktop, click the down arrow in the top right corner of your Facebook page.

2Select Settings and privacy> SettingsClick in the left menu Public posts

3Go to Who can follow me, and take care of it Public is selected, not Friends.

4Next to Public comments on posts, click Editand select who can comment on your public posts: Public (anyone, even people who don’t follow you), Friends (only your Facebook friends, those tagged in the post, and their friends), Friends of friends (all your friends and all their friends),

You can also choose who can reply to individual public posts on your profile. Here’s how:

1Go to the public post on your profile and click the three dots icon in the top right corner of the post.

2Click Who can reply to your message? And select who can comment on this individual post: Public, Friends or Profiles and Pages you mention. If a profile or page isn’t part of the selected comment audience, they won’t see the comment icon below the post, but they’ll see that you’re limited who can comment on the post (this is similar to a Twitter feature

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