How Does Facebook Choose Who is on Your Favorites List?

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How does Facebook choose who is on your favorites list?

On the Facebook app on the iPhone, when you go to the chat thingy it shows a list of people and it says favorites then below the list of “favorites” it says who’s online. Can anyone explain how Facebook chose who is on the favorites list?


Yes, people want to know how Facebook determines your favorites.

In short, they’re the people you interact with the most. By interact, you like their posts or you leave comments or you stop scrolling and you read what they have to say.

Since most people have hundreds of friends, Facebook figured out that viewing every bit of what all of them says would be overwhelming for everyone. So you don’t see every post that each of your friends puts on Facebook. Instead, Facebook figures out who you interact with the most and you mainly see those posts. This is known as the “Facebook friends algorithm.”

Sometimes an old acquaintance will pop up in your news feed and that’s Facebook giving you a nudge that you should interact with them to keep the relationship going.

There is a “Close Friends” list that you have control of. Look for the link on the left.

Here is what Facebook says about these lists:

You can add your best friends to this list to see their photos and news in one place.

What Are Lists?
A quick, optional way to organize friends so you can control what you see in your News Feed and post updates to specific people. We won’t tell your friends if you add them to these three new lists:

1. Close Friends: Your best friends, who should show up more in News Feed.

2. Acquaintances: Friends who should show up less in News Feed.

3. Restricted: Friends who can only see posts and profile info you make public.

Smart Lists
You also have smart lists that update automatically based on your friends’ profiles to save you time.

When you use this list, you get to see what they post more often.


We hope the information here has helped you figure out how Facebook chooses who is on your favorites list. If you have questions, please leave a comment below and we’ll try to help or someone else may leave a comment to help you.

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    • Danny
    • January 9, 2017

    But I rarely go to their page and I dont even like their posts. The other one I even unfriended. Why are they still on my favorites list? Just really curious.

    • Reynaldo Alvarez
    • April 13, 2017

    Can random people you know pop up in your favorites

      • Lisa swader
      • February 12, 2019

      What does the people list mean on messenger and who makes that list

    • Crystal Taylor
    • April 22, 2017

    The 1st person showing in my favorites has not messaged me or me them in over 2 years, and I do not visit their page. This is definitely not accurate.

      • fbhelper
      • April 23, 2017

      Remember that Facebook does try to get to sometimes get you to interact with people that you haven’t interacted with for a while. That could be why.

    • Robert anderson
    • April 25, 2017

    I’ve got random people on my favourites who I’ve never ever messaged how is this favourite possible???

      • fbhelper
      • April 25, 2017

      You’ve checked and you’re not friends with them? If so, try to remove them.

        • Robert Anderson
        • May 2, 2017

        They are my friends on fb but I’ve never messaged them ‘but they are on my favourites ‘I don’t even think I’ve liked any of there posts tbh ‘it’s caused hell on in my house because my wife thinks Iam having an affair

          • Jay
          • May 4, 2017

          I agree i don’t talk to 80% of the people That are considered favorite. I don’t get how they come up with it. It is causing a big issue in my relationship right now bc fb is saying im a favorite with someone i dont communicate with.

            • Robert Anderson
            • May 5, 2017

            Same ‘hope it gets sorted mate

    • Joe
    • April 29, 2017

    People I don’t know are on my favorites anyone else with same problem ?

      • Robert Anderson
      • May 2, 2017

      Me mate I’ve had hell on ‘my wife thinks Iam messaging other women haha

    • John A
    • March 8, 2022

    Did any of you guys have an issue where someone who you message only a couple of times get on favorites in messenger? Even if there was other people you message more?

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