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How to set-up Facebook tools to control comments on posts, filter News Feed

Facebook's new tools give its user more control over what they share and see on the social media platform

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BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Facebook

has introduced new tools to give its user more control over what they share and see on the platform. By default, anyone on can see and comment on public posts. While the default comment settings remain unchanged, the platform now allows its users to control the commenting audience by choosing from a menu of options ranging from anyone who can see the post to only the people and Pages tagged in the post. Besides, the newly introduced tools also let users filter News Feed on Facebook, giving them more control over the content that appears on their timelines.

Set-up to control the commenting audience

To change who can comment on your public posts, log-in to Facebook account and follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Click the dropdown icon visible on the top right side of Facebook
  • Select Settings & privacy, then click Settings
  • Click Public posts on the left-hand side
  • Go to ‘Who Can Follow Me’ and make sure that ‘Public’ is selected
  • Click ‘Edit’ next to Public post comments
  • Select who is allowed to comment on your public posts:
    • Public: Includes everyone, even people who are not following you.
    • Friends: Includes your friends on Facebook. If anyone else is tagged in a post, then the audience expands to also include the tagged person and their friends.
    • Friends of friends: Includes all your friends and any friends they have.
Facebook

The above steps will allow you to control who can comment on individual public posts on your profile. It does not change your settings for who can comment on your other public posts or your public profile information. Follow the below mentioned steps to adjust comment setting for public profile information:

  • Click the dropdown icon visible on the top right side of Facebook
  • Select Settings & privacy, then click Settings
  • Click Public posts on the left-hand side
  • Go to Who Can Follow Me and make sure that Public is selected
  • Click Edit next to Public profile info
  • Select who you'd like to comment on and like your public profile information:
    • Public: Includes everyone, even people who are not following you.
    • Friends of friends: Includes all your friends and any friends they have.
    • Friends: Includes your friends on Facebook. If anyone else is tagged in a post, then the audience expands to also include the tagged person and their friends.

Follow the steps below to change who can comment on an existing individual public post on your profile:

  • Go to the public post on your profile that you want to change who can comment on it
  • Click on the three vertical dots icon visible on the top right of the post
  • Click Who can comment on your post?
  • Select who is allowed to comment on your public post:
    • Public
    • Friends
    • Profiles and Pages you mention

Profile and Pages who want to comment on your post but not included in your selected comment audience will not be able to see the comments below the posts, and they will see a disclaimer that you have limited who can comment on your post.

Set-up Facebook's News Feed filter settings

Facebook New Filter Menu

Facebook has added a new Feed Filter menu at the top of the News Feed. Through this new menu, you can switch between an algorithmically-ranked News Feed and a feed sorted chronologically with the newest posts first. Android app users can access the Feed Filter Bar when they scroll up on News Feed. The same functionality will be available in the iOS app in the coming weeks. These are new additions to the Facebook’s existing controls suite for News Feed that also offers tools such as Snooze (where you can temporarily hide posts from a person, Page, or group) and the option to turn off political ads.

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First Published: Thu, April 01 2021. 16:50 IST
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