A rumour is spreading on Facebook that claims the website’s algorithm now chooses only 26 of your Facebook friends to appear on your newsfeed.
The rumour comes in the form of your typical “copy and paste” status update that also implores readers to type “hi” on the update to ensure they appear on the posters newsfeed.
This is the latest nonsense authored by someone with no understanding of how the Facebook newsfeed works or the algorithms behind it. Earlier in the year, another hoax started circulating claiming that “Facebook has a new algorithm” that also urged readers to comment ‘hey’ or with an emoji.
And now we have a baseless claim asserting Facebook are limiting your newsfeed to 26 friends, as per examples below.
Guess what, friends…. Facebook’s algorithm now chooses your 26 FB friends. If you can read this, please leave me a “hi,” whatever, so you will appear in my news feed.
Feel free to copy and paste on your wall, too, if you want to see more than FB’s algorithmic selection. FB shouldn’t choosing my friends.
Fighting this Facebook algorithm change, because I’m totally noticing I am not seeing so many of my friends’ posts😐
Here’s how to avoid hearing from the same 26 FB friends and nobody else. This post explains why we don’t see all posts from our friends. Funny, thought if I followed you on Facebook I would see what you post. Not anymore 🤷🏻♀️
Your Newsfeed recently shows only posts from the same few people, about 25, repeatedly the same, because Facebook has a new algorithm. 🙅🏻♀️
Their system chooses the people who will read your post. However, I would like to choose for myself, Therefore, I ask you all a favor – If you are reading this message leave me a quick comment, a “hello”, a sticker, whatever you want, so you will appear in my news feed‼️
Otherwise Facebook chooses who to show me and I don’t need facebook to choose my friends! 🤬
Do not hesitate to copy and paste on your wall so you can have more interaction with all your contacts and bypass the system. That’s why we don’t see all posts from our friends.😮
(For more information on how Facebook chooses what appears in your newsfeed, see our article here.)
No. There is no limit to the number of friends Facebook that will appear on your newsfeed; the number of different friends whose stories grace your Facebook newsfeed will differ with each user and each passing day.
Facebook takes in a number of factors when deciding if a post made by one user will appear in the newsfeed of another. These can include how often the two Facebook users interact with each other, how “important” Facebook thinks the post is (posts announcing engagements, for example, are given an extra boost,) how many mutual friends are interacting with the post, as well as a number of other factors.
By the way, Facebook has always done this; this isn’t a recent change.
So yes, interacting with a friend regularly improves your chances of them appearing in your newsfeed in the future. But typing ‘hi’ will have little-to-no effect, and failing to interact with these types of posts doesn’t limit you to “26” friends in your newsfeed, nor does it mean Facebook chooses your friends. For more information on how Facebook chooses what content appears in your newsfeed, read our article here.