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While some drawbacks can be overcome with simple adjustments to the settings, other uncomfortable features do not offer an escape. In the following list, check out seven hated Facebook functions.
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1. 'People you may know'
Located in the friend request section, the 'People you may know' feature is among the most annoying on Facebook Photo: Pond5
The "People you may know" feature is among the most hated on Facebook. Located in the friend request section, the tool suggests users who are part of your friends' social circle so that you can expand your network of contacts.
The problem is that, most of the time, you have no interest in meeting the person. Not to mention the cases in which the user indicated by the social network has just been excluded by you or someone from a distant past that you would not like to find again. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove suggestions from Facebook, but it is possible to block some specific and cut off all kind of contact with that person on the social network.
2. Need to download an exclusive Messenger app
Facebook users need to download Messenger application to exchange messages on the social network Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
Since 2014 owners of Android phones and iPhone (iOS) have been forced to download the Messenger app to exchange private messages on Facebook. If you have tried to open a message in the social network app, you know that there is no way to circumvent the restriction: the platform requests the download of the messenger to proceed. The barrier, imposed by Zuckerberg's company to secure the future of Messenger in the face of WhatsApp's growing expansion, irritates many users who need the app just to communicate on Facebook.
3. Play loud videos in the app
Videos displayed in the Facebook feed are played automatically and with sound Photo: Ana Marques / dnetc
The videos displayed in the Facebook news feed are played automatically and with sound. With the feature, which has been in effect since 2017, the audio appears and disappears gradually (fade in and fade out) as the user scrolls through the timeline posts. Loved by some and hated by many, autoplay can be inconvenient for those who use social media in environments that require silence.
The good news is that it is possible to disable autoplay in applications for Android and iPhone (iOS). In this way, it will be necessary to enable the sound manually on each video.
4. Feed updated by relevance and not chronologically
Facebook feed organized by relevance Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / dnetc
Those who are part of the Facebook community are already so used to the news feed organized by relevance that they barely remember the time when the timeline posts were displayed in chronological order. In the current configuration standard, the social network algorithm decides which content is most interesting.
It is worth remembering that you can still choose to view the posts in the most recent ones. The adjustment is simple, but as the option is "hidden" on the platform, it ends up going unnoticed by users.
For the happiness of those who hate the updated feed for relevance, Facebook is testing a tool to facilitate access to the most recent posts in the Android application. According to reverse engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong, who announced the news in the last month, it would be possible to filter publications by "Most relevant", "Most recent" and "Already viewed".
5. Updates from strangers in the feed
Facebook shows updates from strangers in the feed and annoys users Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
You log into Facebook, start scrolling through the news feed and discover that Maria and Joo are in a serious relationship. It turns out that, to your surprise, you never even dreamed of meeting the couple. Anyone who is a frequent user of Facebook has certainly encountered similar situations. That's because the social network shows, in its timeline, updates of the content that your friends like or comment on.
Unfortunately, there is still no way to get rid of these intruders. In return, it is possible to prevent your posts from appearing on the timeline of your colleagues' friends. To do this, simply access the settings of the social network and, under "Timeline and marks", enable the option "Friends" in all fields in which this adjustment is available.
6. Filter that hides messages
Learn how to reply to messages on Facebook Messenger Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Whenever someone unknown tries to chat with you via Facebook Messenger, messages go to a folder called Message Requests. The social network sends a notification alerting about the new contact, and it is up to the user to decide whether or not to allow the conversation. It turns out that not all messages from strangers reach you, because there is a "filter inside the filter".
The "filtered messages" folder, hidden from the most inattentive eyes, is a second layer of message requests. The filter exists to avoid spam and has the autonomy to distinguish between mass advertisements and legitimate messages. The problem is that Facebook's algorithm frequently categorizes content in a wrong way. As a result, important messages end up being thrown into an electronic "limbo".
To find out what messages Facebook is hiding from you, just select the Messenger icon and select the "Message requests" tab. Then select "See all in Messenger" and exit with scroll mouse until you find the option "See filtered messages".
Invitations to events on Facebook can be cumbersome when sent frequently. Photo: Divulgao / Facebook
Everyone has that friend who keeps organizing several parties and invites you to all of them. The excess of notifications on Facebook takes anyone away from the serious, even more so if the guest is a very little party person. To block these inconvenient invitations, go to Facebook settings and, under "Block", add your friend's name without adding to the "Block event invitations" list.