At any rate, Facebook product manager Ramya Sethuraman explains in a company blog post that Facebook has launched a new tool called "Why am I seeing this post?" that will for the first time show how post-ranking works in the app.
Facebook says the feature - which will be rolled out to all users by May 2 - will help you have more control over what you see from friends, pages and groups. The new tool is one of the few bright spots from Facebook so far in 2019, allowing users to get more context on why they see what they see in their feeds.
John Hegeman, the head of Facebook's news feed, acknowledged the changes were a small step rather than a finished offering.
The tool lists the multiple variables explaining how your past interactions on Facebook led to News Feed prioritizing to show you that post over others. This tool is created to explain how this post has appeared on your timeline.
The company keeps a score for everyone you interact with based on factors including how often your interact and whether a group of friend is a recent addition.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others have been criticised for using algorithms to recommend content without explaining to users how they work.
If you see something appearing in your feed that looks amiss, just hit the question, "Why am I seeing this post?" in the drop-down menu accessible in the right hand corner of a post. Tapping on the "Why am I seeing this post?" item on the menu reveals exactly why, mostly because you've followed that person or joined a group related to it.More news: Nipsey Hussle Killed Outside Marathon Store In Los Angeles
It will now let people know if details on their Facebook profile matched those on an advertiser's database.
The social network has announced it is to start offering users a "why am I seeing this post?" tab, which they can click on to see how Facebook's algorithms decided it was a relevant post.
They said they will now provide details such as when the advertiser uploaded the information or if the advertiser worked with another marketing partner to run the ad.
Shortcuts to controls, such as See First, Unfollow, News Feed Preferences and Privacy Shortcuts, to help you personalize your News Feed.
The idea behind this new feature according to Facebook is to give people more control over their News Feed.
The announcement follows founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's acknowledgement that social media requires more regulation.