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That post saying Facebook limits your news feed to 26 friends? It's (still) not true

Facebook sheds light on a persistent rumor.


Facebook is fighting rumors about its news feed. 

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Facebook is reminding you not to believe everything you read.  

The company wrote a blog post Wednesday, describing copy-and-paste memes -- "blocks of text posted on message boards, forwarded in emails and shared via social media" -- and brought attention to one in particular. That's the one claiming that Facebook limits the number of friends whose posts you see to 25 or 26. Further, that's the one that says you can help beat the system by commenting on the post and even copying, pasting and sharing it yourself.

"The idea that News Feed only shows you posts from a set number of friends is a myth," said Ramya Sethuraman, a product manager who works on ranking in the post. 

Facebook did say, though, that there's a reason it might feel as if you're seeing posts from the same group of people. That's because the posts you see are ranked by which ones Facebook thinks you'll be most interested in. However, the blog post said, if you scroll down, you'll see a wider assortment of posts. 

"Leaving a single comment on a post won't suddenly 'unblock' you from showing up in your friends' Feed," the post said. 

You can use features like Snooze, Unfollow or See First to prioritize what you see and don't see for yourself.