New Lawsuit Against Meta Could Pave The Way To Users Switching Off Algorithmic Feeds

It would not be wrong to mention that the algorithms on Facebook have been the center of attention for years.

Meta has long been called out for refusing to address the many complaints that the company has on this front. And a new legal case stems from just that, thanks to a top researcher who is suing the firm in this regard.

While the case has been filed, many are wondering what’s next in terms of if indeed it’s successful. We can tell you that the case is asking the company to say yes to a new browser extension which would ensure people could turn off their respective algorithms when desired.

This latest extension was brought into the light by a professional who works at a University in Massachusetts. He was seen arguing about how users needed to have full control of how their feeds were functioning and therefore be able to make necessary changes, when and if required.

This tool that would be dubbed ‘Unfollow Everything’ would give users the chance to leave friends, pages, and even groups. This way, you wouldn’t be wasting long hours trying to search through Facebook to get what you required, the case added.

As far as the costs attached, it would be for free as those that opt for it would be using the app without any feed attached.

They would customize feeds by allowing for a refollow if their contacts are publishing content that they desire to witness on the feed.

Now, this latest tool is certainly not something new, we can confirm that. It seems to have gotten a little extra help from the likes of another court document that highlights a particular section that ensures complete protection of tools curated to empower others so they’re in charge of social media.

This case would give rise to novel tests which is usually highlighted as laws that protect online apps from legal liabilities so users may benefit. Moreover, from what we can tell so far, it entails separate arts ensuring the protection of developers having tools owned by third parties.

So this way, you can see what people are producing online. This would entail blocking content which they find to be very objectionable.

One rep for Meta has refused to comment on the matter. The firm is known for having a history of using methods when it relates to independent researchers.

Additionally, it was seen how this study enabled shut down of old variants like tabs called Unfollow Everything. All accounts on the platform would be disabled to get necessary results.

Such tactics are designed to enable researchers pursuing such kinds of data donations that recruit volunteers for donating browsing data for the likes of academics.

Now the question is how successful this case really becomes. From what we can see, the browser extension can give rise to a major data donation endeavor that enables sharing anonymized information about how much the app is being used. This data would be utilized for research efforts to better the impact on the platform’s algorithm.

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