Facebook has announced more sweeping changes to the way it displays information on your news feed.
Rather than give voice to the vast swathe of fake news out there, Facebook will now endeavour to show you more personalised content.
Social media supremo Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he’s going change your feed "to see more from your friends, family and groups."
Which is great, unless you liked your news feed just the way it was. Thankfully, there’s a way to keep it as it is.
For starters, you’ll need to log into Facebook and find your preferences.
Here’s how to do it:
Click the three dots on the right hand side of your toolbar
Scroll down to the Help & Settings section
Click on "News Feed Preferences" – the screen should look like this:
Secondly, you’ll need to design the way you want your news feed to look. Facebook is automated, so it will use the guidelines you give it to try to show you more of what you want to see.
Here’s how to do it:
Click "Prioritize who to see first".
Select the people you’re most interested in. If you want to continue to subscribe to your favourite media sources, you can click the drop-down menu and choose "Pages" which will show you a list of organisations you follow.
If you want to add more pages, scroll down and click on "Discover Pages that match your interests" which will show you public pages to follow.
Review pages as they appear. If you don’t want to see certain things, click "hide post" from the options menu when they appear on your timeline. This will help Facebook calibrate your feed.
It’s important to point out that your changes will be saved across your Facebook account. So whether you’re browsing the site on mobile or desktop, you’ll still get it displaying what you want.
Here’s the company’s help centre page that sets out the above points .
Why is Facebook changing things again?
In a lengthy post, Zuckerberg claimed that the Facebook News Feed had become "crowded out" by posts from "businesses, brands and media".
He believes this has caused the social network to lose sight of its core goal of bringing users "closer together with the people that matter".
It comes as Facebook faces mounting criticism for its role in serious social and political problems such as cyber-bullying and fake news.
In response, Zuckerberg said he wants using Facebook to be good for users’ "well-being".
He wrote: "Since there’s more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do – help us connect with each other."
What happens to the news?
The changes mean that public posts from publishers such as news organisations are likely to feature less in News Feeds, it is believed.
Instead, it will favour personal interactions with friends and family.
Zuckerberg conceded that he thinks it will mean people spend less time on Facebook.
"But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable," he wrote
"And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too."
Facebook was founded in 2004 and now claims to have more than 2billion monthly users, almost a third of the world’s population.
Founder Zuckerberg is worth an estimated $74billion and is the fifth richest person in the world.