The TL;DR April 6, 2021

This week we’re sharing Facebook’s new newsfeed filters, YouTube’s new approach to dislikes, and Facebook stats you need to know. If you missed last week’s edition you can find it here.   

Facebook Adds Newsfeed Filter & Comment Restrictions

After years of criticism for allowing newsfeeds and comment sections to become increasingly divisive, Facebook has added new newsfeed filters and comment controls. Read the full story on Social Media Today

The TL;DR 

  • After several months of testing, Facebook has rolled out a new feature that gives users more control over their feeds.  
  • Users can now select one of three feeds they want to view, including: 
    • Normal Feed: The typical algorithmic feed everyone is familiar with.  
    • Favorites Feed: A feed showcasing updates only from pages and people that the user handpicks.  
    • Recent Feed: The same posts as in the normal feed, but ordered chronologically instead of having Facebook rank the order.  
  • User will soon be given more controls over who can comment on their posts.  
  • Options will include public, only friends, only people tagged, and not allowing anyone to comment at all.  
  • Though this control is being positioned to benefit users, it could also have been inspired by new laws in Australia that hold media publishers accountable for the comments left on their posts.  

YouTube Tests Removing Public Dislike Count

YouTube has received its fair share of criticism in recent years for inflammatory content and practices by its users. They’re currently testing a new feature meant to address that. Read more on Social Media Today.  

The TL;DR 

  • YouTube recently announced that they will begin testing hiding public dislike count on videos.  
  • The move comes after creator feedback regarding targeted dislike campaigns.  
  • Creators themselves will still be able to see their dislike count, and the algorithm will still take it into account, but the public will not see it.  
  • The hope is that by not seeing the dislikes, viewers will be more likely to share their honest thoughts instead of going with the crowd.  
  • YouTube also hopes this will stop divisive channels from calling their followers to participate in dislike campaigns targeted at creators they don’t like.  

10 Facebook Statistics Every Business Owner and Marketer Should Know

Even with the rise of Instagram and TikTok, Facebook is still king of the social platforms. Check out ten stats about the platform below, courtesy of Social Media Today.