Facebook update lets users customize news feed preferences

Facebook today introduced new configuration settings for its mobile apps which let users handpick their news feed appearance. Expected to hit Android in the coming weeks, the app also allows for easier discovery of pages for artists, businesses, and more.

Users will be able to select which friends and Pages should appear at the top of the News Feed. Tapping a friend’s profile picture brings up their respective posts first.  New stories shared since your time with Facebook will be at the top with a star in the top right. Below said favorites will be the rest of the normal news feed. You can scroll down to see the rest of your News Feed normally.

Once in place, the new Facebook will provide tools to help follow and unfollow friends, Pages, and groups. This isn’t the same as outright unfriending but more of what you see in your News Feed.

The more customized Facebook layout should bring about more interaction and time spent within the app. The more configurable News Feed settings are available for the iOS app today; the Android and desktop versions will show up in the next few weeks.

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