Facebook’s social media giant has responded to growing criticism of the company’s recent changes to the way users can access news and information by announcing that it will start using a new method of determining if a user has “friends” in the future.
Facebook has been criticized for years for its “friends list” system, which is a way for users to create and share a “social network” of friends who are connected through the company.
The company has long argued that the list is necessary for its efforts to target ads to users, but in recent years it has also been accused of unfairly targeting some users with ad targeting tools and for blocking content users don’t like.
Facebook announced the new system last month, and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said it would make the “system more robust, better and more reliable” and “better serve our users.”
According to Facebook, the new approach will allow users to filter the list of friends from friends with whom they are “close,” “liked,” “followed” or “following.”
“Users will no longer have to choose between a friend’s friends and friends who have the same interests or interests they do,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.
The new system is “more robust, more reliable and better serve our community,” Zuckerberg added.
Facebook users will no long have to select which friends they want to see, but they will be able to “see the people you are friends with, and other people you don’t know.”
The move is the latest example of the social media company’s efforts to improve its algorithm.
The firm has been accused by critics of artificially curbing and stifling the content they like and dislike.
In February, Facebook introduced a new feature that will let users add more people to their friends list to help with “liking” and sharing content.
The move prompted a backlash, as people expressed concern that it could restrict their freedom of expression.
Earlier this year, Facebook launched a “likes” section, allowing users to show off their favorite pictures or music videos, and then share those views with friends.
The social network said it was “working to expand the ability to show likes” in its app, but that it is “not yet working out how we’ll integrate that into the news feed.”
Facebook also announced plans last month to add an “active search” feature to the news feeds.
Users will be asked to type in a search term, then select the specific article or news story they want the company to display.
The service will then automatically search the web for a particular article or story.
Last month, Facebook announced plans to build a new “recommendation engine” that will make it easier for users “to find content, people, events, places, and more” through its services.
A Facebook spokesperson said the company is not yet ready to share how the recommendation engine will work in the near future.