The latest viral hoax sweeping across Facebook claims the site will limit the content you can see in your News Feed to 26 friends. This fake article claims Facebook will “choose the people” for you. Of course, this sounds silly on its face, but Facebook still went on the record this week to deny it.
“Friends don’t let friends copy and paste memes, and this one simply is not true,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fortune. “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.”
This scam was originally uncovered and debunked by Snopes, a popular online fact-checking organization. But it’s a little troubling that Facebook’s algorithms are so unknown to the public that it required an official investigation like this to get to the bottom of it. (It also says something about Facebook’s reputation that people would actually believe the company was controlling their privacy settings like this.)
No matter what, it’s always a good idea to approach Facebook content with a skeptical eye — especially viral posts. Too often, these are downright false, or even used as vehicles to spread malware.
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