Prevent opaque algorithms from determining what you read and collecting data about your reading habits, by using RSS/Atom ... on your Facebook Newsfeed.
The Newsfeed Agency is an experimental browser add-on that enables you to replace algorithmically curated news stories on your Facebook Newsfeeds with news stories delivered straight from the RSS/Atom feeds of news providers. In this way, the content you receive through Facebook Newsfeed will no longer be filtered by any algorithms, and Facebook trackers running on the Newsfeed can no longer track your reading habits.
NOTE: The Newsfeed Agency does not protect you from Facebook trackers on third-party websites. On Facebook itself, only clicks on stories delivered through The Newsfeed Agency are (theoretically) not tracked. To better protect your privacy, consider using an extension like Privacy Badger.
The Newsfeed Agency is still in its alpha stage. Use it at your own risk.
Learn more: What are web syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom, and why they might be useful in helping users regain privacy and agency against algorithmic echo chambers, as well as user tracking and surveillance mechanisms.
See the Newsfeed Agency in action:
A normal news post delivered by Facebook:
A news post delivered by The Newsfeed Agency:
In the current iteration of the Newsfeed Agency, articles from subscribed RSS/Atom feeds will appear in place of some Facebook newsfeed advertisements, as well as other potentially unwanted stories in the newsfeed. Specifically, The Newsfeed Agency detect these types newsfeed items and replace them with articles from the RSS/Atom feeds the user is subscribed to:
The Newsfeed Agency is currently only available as a userscript. To install,
Upon installing, visit Facebook and click on the Tampermonkey Icon on the browser toolbar, then click on The Newsfeed Agency configuration in the pop-up menu.
From here, you can add, edit, or remove RSS/Atom feeds.
The Newsfeed Agency currently renders certain content from RSS/Atom feeds in HTML. You should only subscribe to RSS/Atom feeds you trust, as malicious feeds can potentially execute unauthorised code through HTML rendering mechanisms.
Known issues are:
These features will be added in future versions of The Newsfeed Agency:
Part of the code is based on Stig's Facebook Cleanr, used under Apache License 2.0.
Copyright 2018 Richard Lewei Huang
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This project is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. "Facebook" is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.