Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Use Facebook's "Most Recent" instead of "News Feed"

In her "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday and her Senate testimony yesterday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen described how the company's machine-learning algorithms determine which posts users see on Facebook and Instagram. The algorithms identify which posts and advertisements individual users are likely to interact with and order them accordingly on your "News Feed". I don't use Instagram enough to know how it works, but one way to sidestep the algorithms on Facebook is to go to "Most Recent" posts instead, which supposedly gives you all your Friends' posts in reverse chronological order. But of course the latest versions of the site and the app make it hard to find that option. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 October 2021)



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