How to take back control of your Facebook feed

How to take back control of your Facebook feed
Facebook also provides a quick way to hide posts from a friend, brand or publisher. (Source: Facebook)
Facebook also provides a quick way to hide posts from a friend, brand or publisher. (Source: Facebook)

(WALB) - It's no secret that Facebook likes to change the way it does things every now and then - sometimes with obvious good reason.

But last week Facebook updated its algorithm, which is the custom code that determines what you see in your News Feed each day.

The change means it will start showing more posts from your friends and family, and fewer posts from publishers, like WALB.

Now, it's not hard to see that more posts up front from the people you care about can be a positive change.

But with these new changes some may ask, "How can I still see posts from publishers (like WALB)?"

Fortunately, there's an easy fix for that.

How to see all posts from a friend, brand, or publisher on Facebook

In 2015, Facebook added a new option called See First, that lets users tag profiles and Pages to see at the top of the news feed when they post something new.

  1. Go to a profile you are already friends with or a page you already follow.
  2. Tap the blue "Following" button on mobile, or click the "Liked" button on your computer. A menu of options will appear. Select "See First."

Similarly, you may not want to see every single one of your aunt's cat portraits that she posts.

There's a fix for that too.

How to hide posts from a friend, brand or publisher on Facebook

Remember, you don't have to "unfriend" someone and have an awkward conversation later just because you want to see less from them. You can "unfollow" instead.

  1. Visit the page or profile of the friend you want to see less from.
  2. Select the "Friends" or "Following" button just under the profile picture. A menu of options will appear. Select "unfollow."

You can always undo the selections you've made on Facebook by going back to the profile or page.

Happy Facebooking!

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