TikTok It has an algorithm that allows viewing videos, but all with the selection of the platform, many users wonder how the selection is made to view the content, therefore, the platform will add a button to explain the reason for the recommendations.
The section For you It is where videos appear according to the behavior of the user, through an algorithm that adjusts to the display times of content, likes, followers, comments and others.
But in that controlled randomness, videos may come out that do not understand why they are recommended, something that will now become clear with the new function that the platform is adding called ‘Why are you watching this video’.
The panel will be opened by going to the Share button where a question mark icon will appear and then a small panel will open explaining the different reasons.
Among the explanations, TikTok It will inform that it is being displayed due to previous interactions, accounts that are followed, because it was recently published in the country or an approximate region, or because the content is being popular near the user.
“This feature is one of the many ways we are working to bring meaningful transparency to the people who use our platform, and it builds on a series of steps we have taken to achieve that goal,” the app said on its blog.
Also, they made it clear that they will look for a way to improve the function to “provide more granularity and transparency” to the recommendations that are made to users in the section of For youwhich is usually the main consumption.
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Although the For You section shows random videos, a large part of them respond to the profile that the user has generated on the social network regarding other previously viewed videos, interactions, and other aforementioned aspects.
However, randomness can be controlled in a certain way. Initially, removing the videos that you don’t want to see anymore, because if content that you don’t like comes out, you just have to press and hold the screen and then click on the ‘I’m not interested’ button. Doing that consistently will help the app understand what not to recommend to us.
There are other more drastic methods, such as deleting the cache, the likes or unfollowing certain accounts. For each case, these are the steps to follow:
1. Go to the user’s profile.
2. Choose the settings and privacy menu.
3. Clear cache and data with the “Free up space” option.
4. Delete cache.
1. Go to profile
2. Look for the ‘Like’ section
3. Unmark videos with ‘Like’ that we no longer want to be part of the account
stop following accounts
1. Go to profile
2. Click on the ‘Following’ option
3. A list will appear with all the followed accounts and it will be possible to remove them one by one.
With all these changes, the application will start to recommend other videos and it will be the user’s decision to guide the algorithm by the content they are interested in seeing to discover other creators.
Although the platform will continue to recommend the videos that are popular in the region in which the account is, as well as the profiles that are in the phone’s contact list and are nearby.