Facebook users who publicly share posts have the option to restrict comments in a move to “limit potentially unwanted interactions,” the social network said.
The change follows a similar action by Twitter, meaning that people who post content that is visible to everyone now have the option to allow comments only from their friends or to restrict them further to users and tagged pages. .
Ramya Sethuraman, product manager of Facebook’s News Feed, said the new controls would especially help public figures “feel safe and engage in more meaningful conversations,” as social media companies continue to fight hate speech on their platforms.
“By adjusting your comment audience, you can have more control over how you want to invite conversation on your public posts and limit potentially unwanted interactions,” she said.
Facebook is also making it easier for users to decide how their news feed is prioritized, with the introduction of a feed filter bar.
The feature can be found at the top of the main page, allowing users to switch between alphabetical order of posts, chronological or just seeing the content of those selected as favorites.
This will first be available to Android app users before rolling out to iOS device users “in the coming weeks”.
Elsewhere, the tech giant aims to clarify the reasons for the suggested posts, expanding on the “Why am I seeing this?” box with more context.
It will explain the factors that influenced a recommendation, which range from the types of content that a person has recently interacted with on the platform, to where they are.