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Facebook Adding User-control Feature For The News Feed: Report

With these improvements, Facebook aims to make it easier for people to take action to arrange their News Feed according to their choice

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Facebook has introduced a new feature titled “Why am I seeing this post” to help users understand and control the kind of posts surfacing on their News Feed from friends, Pages and Groups.

“This means you’ll be able to tap on posts and ads in News Feed, get context on why they’re appearing and take action to further personalise what you see,” Ramya Sethuraman, Product Manager, Facebook wrote in a blog-post on Sunday.

Following scandals surrounding the social networking giant on misusing user-information for ad targeting, this feature comes as Facebook’s first step to explain to users exactly how the News Feed gets personalised on the platform.

“This is the first time that we’ve built information on how ranking works directly into the app,” Sethuraman said.

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In addition, the company is also working on improving its “Why am I seeing this ad” feature which was launched in 2014.

“We’ve received valuable feedback over the years that has helped us expand the information we share with people about the ads they see,” Sethuraman added.

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With these improvements, Facebook aims to make it easier for people to take action to arrange their News Feed according to their choice.

“Both of the updates are part of our ongoing investment in giving people more context and control across Facebook,” the post noted. (IANS)

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Facebook To Shut Down Group Story Feature

Facebook has announced it will soon shut down its group stories feature of the social media's groups to post videos and photos that disappear within 24 hours

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Facebook has announced it will soon shut down its group stories feature which allows administrators and members of the social media’s groups to post videos and photos that disappear within 24 hours, media reported on Saturday.

The company is shutting down this feature on September 26. Soon, the existing group stories will be deleted and users will not be able to post any new stories, CNET reported.

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The company is shutting down this feature on September 26. Pixabay

“We’re sunsetting group stories because we want to make sure that features in groups enable people to connect in fun and useful ways, and we are always looking at ways to improve the overall experience for communities on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesman said.

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Facebook groups are an online space where the users come together and chat about common interests. As per report, more than 1.4 billion people on Facebook use groups every month.  (IANS)