Facebook is the most popular social media and social networking service in the world. It has 2.41 billion active users worldwide. Any change in the policy or introduction of new features announced by the company has direct implications on the experience of the users. The Menlo Park, California based social media giant has rolled out a Shortcut Bar Settings for its mobile application. The company said that the new change will allow users to control features on the app navigation bar. The users can now turn off notification dots for some icons using this feature.
Facebook said that the Shortcut Bar Settings is being rolled out for everyone in a phased manner. While iOS users can already enjoy the advantage of the latest feature, the Android users will get the update in the next few weeks. iOS users can customize tabs as per their needs. They can also customize other features like Watch, Events, Profile, Groups, Friend Requests, News, Gaming and Dating with the help of new update. Facebook in a statement said that the navigation bar controls will make it easier for people to connect with the things they enjoy. To take advantage of the new option, a user needs to tap and hold on any of the shortcuts in the navigation bar. The navigation bar is at the bottom of the home screen on iOS and the top on Android. A menu pop-up will let the user remove that tab entirely. This will clear the space in the navigation bar and give a better experience to the users. To bring back items, users will have to go to More tab option and then Settings and Privacy.
In addition to the Shortcut Bar Settings, the company has announced that it will be testing a new News tab on its app for both the iOS and Android users. The social media giant believes that news gives users more control over the stories. This will explore users’ ability to understand news directly from the Facebook app.