“Did you see my Facebook post yesterday? …. Did anyone? If I can’t share what I’m doing, did it really happen?”

Like many people, you’ve probably started to noticed that some of your Facebook friends’ posts haven’t been showing up in your Newsfeed. This is because over the past year or so, Facebook has been gradually tweaking their algorithm, making your posts rely much more heavily on engagement. In other words, Facebook is trying to figure out what you, as a user, do and do not want to see. They track your usage habits (likes, shares, views, and a whole bunch of other complicated data) and determine what will and won’t be shown on your Newsfeed.

The problem: algorithms are never perfect, and Facebook’s isn’t even close to good. I regularly have friends show me a mutual friends post, then wonder why that post didn’t show up in my feed. I also continue to see “Facebook spam”, (awful memes, low quality photos, useless game updates) stuff I definitely have no interest in seeing.

Well, there’s good news and bad news. Bad news is, there is no way to completely remove the spam. Good news is, there is a way to change your Facebook Newsfeed so that you will be able to see more of your friends’ posts again. And it’s very easy to do.

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 Click the small, downward facing arrow located beside “Newsfeed”.

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This will open a drop-down menu. Click on “Most Recent”.

And that’s it. Making this simple modification will change your Newsfeed drastically. It will now show all posts in a chronological order, the way it used to be. Be warned, this will likely initially increase the amount of “Facebook spam” posts that show up, but you can change this over time by blocking each each spam post as they pop up. I’ll show you how below.

facebook how to hide posts from your newsfeed

Again, click the small, downward facing arrow beside the post.

facebook how to hide posts from your newsfeed

A drop down menu will appear. Click “I don’t want to see this”.

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Ta-da!

You can go a step further and tell Facebook why you don’t wan’t to see it, but frankly, Facebook doesn’t deserve your extra time.

If you’re interested in learning more about everything that is wrong with Facebook, this video below explains it incredibly well.

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