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Feb082019

Facebook: News Feed Is Not Limited To Posts From ’26 Friends’

Facebook has come out against a myth that the News Feed display only a limited amount of content.

A meme that keeps popping up since late 2017 has forced Facebook to respond to the false claims that a new algorithm is limiting the number of people whose posts show up in the news feed.

Usually, the number is said to be around 25 or 26 people, according to meme.

According to the Facebook user are posting blocks of texts from the meme on message boards, forward via email and sharing on social media to bypass the system limit.

People are then encouraged to make comments on the posts, so the posts will show up in the news feed in the future and then copy and paste the text on their own News Feeds.

Facebook, citing multiple publications have debunked the claim stating, “No limit is set on the number of people whose posts are shown in the News Feed.”

In response to its response, Facebook has offered an example of the meme:

“News Feed has recently shown only posts from the same few people, about 25, repeatedly the same, because Facebook has a new algorithm.

Their system chooses the people to read Your post. However, I would like to choose for myself, Therefore, I ask you a favor: if you read this message leave me a quick comment, a “hello”, a sticker, whatever you want, so you will appear in my news feed.

Don’t just “Like”, Facebook requires a “Comment”. Even one word! Thanks!!!

Otherwise Facebook chooses who to show me and instead I don’t need Facebook to choose my friends!”

In order to clear things up, a Facebook product manager working on ranking stated, that “the idea that News Feed only shows you posts from a set number of friends is a myth.”

Adding, he said, “….If we somehow blocked you from seeing content from everyone but a small set of your friends, odds are you wouldn’t return.”

“The persistence of the “26 friends” myth is understandable.” Because the news feed is algorithmically generated, probably this may have led people to believe this myth.

Furthermore, the algorithm prioritizes posts from people, groups, or pages that people interact with often.

Due to this, those who interact with a limited person may see their content at the top of their new feed, compared to others with larger engagement.

However, people can always scroll down further to see posts from a wider group of people.

Similarly, posting a comment won’t suddenly make a user show up in their friends’ feed, however, a friend’s posts with whom comments are exchanged frequently will show higher in the news feed.

Facebook advises user to stop using the memes, instead, to see everything from a certain person or page, they can make use of a feature called ‘See First’ that places posts from them at the top of their Feed.

Furthermore, users can use the tools like ‘Unfollow’ and ‘Snooze’ to control people from appearing on their News Feed.

Users can learn more about the News Feed ranking algorithm in the video embedded below:

“News Feed is made up of stories from friends, Pages that a user chose to follow and groups they’ve joined.”

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