There’s a Facebook rumour making the rounds that has forced the world’s largest social network to respond.
At the end of last year, a post hit the social network claiming that Facebook was limiting what users see in their News Feed to posts from just 26 friends. The post stated that an algorithm change Facebook made that “chooses the people” in the News Feed was to blame. Later posts have said the limit was actually only 25 people.
At the same time, according to myth busters Snopes, it didn’t gain much traction. But after Facebook announced an algorithm change in January that would reduce the amount of times you would see content from certain publishers, the post began to pick up steam. The result of this was that an increasing number of people genuinely believed that they could only see content from two dozen of their close friends and family.
Snopes investigated and discovered that the claims were false and there is absolutely no way to know exactly what Facebook’s algorithms update actually does. Other users took time to simply count updates from unique friends in their News Feeds coming to a conclusion rather quickly that the post was a load of rubbish. Snopes also reached out to Facebook, who told the site that the post was false.
“Friends don’t let friends copy and paste memes, and this one simply is not true,” a Facebook spokesperson said “We rank News Feed based on how relevant each post might be to you, and while we’ve made some updates that could increase the number of posts you see from your friends, your News Feed isn’t limited to 25 of them.”