Facebook is one of the world’s largest social media platforms. The platform is a social media giant, with over 2.93 billion active monthly users.
Facebook allows individuals to create profiles, upload photos and videos, connect with family and friends, and share content from elsewhere on the web.
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How Users Connect
Users are linked to other users and Facebook pages as a Fan, Follower, or a Friend. Users can like a page, normally a business or public figure, and become a Fan, to receive updates in their News Feed.
Users can choose to follow an individual, normally somebody famous, and receive updates from them. When a user knows another user, they will add them as a Friend. Once this Friend Request is accepted, these two users can communicate with one another and will be able to view each other’s posts on the platform.
Facebook Reaction Preferences
Facebook users can choose to hide the number of reactions and/or views their posts get, as well as the amount on other users’ posts. This feature was introduced in June 2021 to combat the pressure many social media users feel to get more likes, reactions, or shares on their posts.
When users choose to enable this feature, they will see the range of reactions used instead of the number. For example: a post might show a heart emoji, a smiley face emoji, and a thumbs up emoji, but it will not show the specific count of any of these reactions. Reaction counts will still appear on posts which are related to marketing.
Facebook rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require users to be 13 or older to use the app, but it is possible to enter a fake date of birth to bypass the age requirement.
To try and increase safety settings for users under 16 (or 18 in some countries), they will now sign up with more private accounts by default, or be recommended to switch their account privacy if they are existing users.