Billionaire Elon Musk said Wednesday that Twitter had revamped the algorithm on its “For You” tab after users complained they were seeing too many tweets from people they weren’t following.
Musk’s comment was in response to a Twitter user who tweeted that people were reporting a “huge drop” in engagement with his posts.
“An update to the For You algorithm included too many tweets from people users didn’t follow,” Musk tweeted. “That change has been reverted.”
A Twitter user replied to Elon’s tweet saying that users who liked or retweeted his post have disappeared.
Another user said they were seeing random videos in different languages on their “For You” feed, but all the engineering content and articles they were “active” failed to pop up.
Several other users also reported not seeing tweets from accounts they followed.
Twitter wrote about the introduction of the “For You” tab in a post on January 11. It said that tabs with “following” tabs would be pinned to the top of the timeline.
The “Following” tab filters the feed so that users only see Tweets from accounts they are following.
While the “For You” tab will show a mix of tweets recommended by users, people who don’t follow, as well as from followed accounts.
Users can swipe between the “For You” and “Follow” tabs on their main Twitter feed. These two tabs replaced the previous tabs, which were labeled “Home” and “Recent”.
The feature was launched on iOS. It’s available on the desktop site and according to Twitter will be coming soon to Android.
Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside normal US business hours.
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Information Source: BusinessToday