Bluesky now lets you personalize its main Discover channel with new controls

Bluesky now allows users to personalize their main Discover feeds. It’s a social network rolling away an updated version of its app that allows users to provide feedback on its algorithmic feed so that it can be better customized using the «Show more like this» and «Show less like this» buttons in the post menu to choose the content the algorithm shows.

The change will help Bluesky users create a timeline that takes into account their own preferences rather than what the company thinks they should see. The feature is somewhat similar to Xu (formerly Twitter), which allows users to click the «I’m not interested in this post» option within their own For You feed.

The new feature joins an already robust set of controls for configuring your Bluesky experience.

Unlike centralized social media platforms, Bluesky allows users to switch their own own custom feeds to which others can subscribe. These feeds may have different topics or algorithms than Bluesky’s Discover feed, giving you more ways to find interesting content online.

On top of that, the social network allows you to subscribe to multiple moderation services so you can decide what kind of posts you want to see and what you’d rather keep hidden. Users can also create and run their own independent moderation services using Bluesky’s tool, Ozone.

By putting these controls in the hands of its users, Bluesky is trying to create a platform whose policies and rules are not decided by a handful of executives at the top, but a platform where users can create their own experience. Unfortunately, the decentralized alternative to Twitter/X has historically struggled with where the line should be in terms of what users should moderate and when to step in.

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In its early days, Bluesky Multiple times faced criticism due to incorrect handling of moderation challenges, such as allowing usernames with racial slurs to pass through its filters.

In addition, when Bluesky responded to the request for moderation, it lost the support of its early backer, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. IN recent interviewDorsey explained why he stepped down from the board, saying that when Bluesky started kicking people off the service, he felt the company was repeating Twitter’s mistakes.

“This is not a protocol that is truly decentralized. It’s another application,” he said of the decision.

Despite Dorsey’s concerns, Bluesky has continued to put more tools in the hands of users, whether it’s designing their own feeds, algorithms, moderation services, or now, customizing discovery feeds.

Meanwhile, while Bluesky’s app remains the largest server running its decentralized AT protocol, the company recently pointed to other efforts underway to build a wider network, including a blogging platform whtwnd.comalso built on the AT protocol (or atproto for short).

To date, Bluesky has grown to approximately 5.6 million users. The company recently said other big changes are on the way, including support for video, DM, better customized feeds and anti-harassment features, OAuth and more.

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