Facebook removes "hide all posts" option from News Feed

Facebook removes "hide all posts" option from News Feed

Summary: Facebook no longer hide all posts made by a Page. Furthermore, the option to hide all posts made by a friend is buried deeper into the user interface.

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Facebook has recently removed the option to hide all posts from the drop-down menu for editing posts in the News Feed. Many users, myself included, are now just seeing the options to "Hide this post" and "Report post or spam."

Previously, the drop-down menu had a "Hide all by [Your Friend or Page]" option, according to Inside Facebook. Now, it has disappeared and the way to manage posts in your News Feed has changed.

If you click the "Hide this post" option for a post made by your Facebook friend, you will then be given three options: Undo, Hide all by [Your Friend], and Unfriend [Your Friend]. If your friend used an app to make the post, you'll also see an option to Hide all by [App's Name].

If you click the "Hide this post" option for a post made by a Facebook Page you have Liked, you will then be given two options: Undo and Unlike Page. In short, this essentially means that if you Like a Page, you are going to get posts in your News Feed from it. If you don't want to get posts from the Page, you'll have to Unlike it.

For users, this is an annoying change, but it's only one that those who have Liked a lot of Pages will notice. Facebook's stance continues to be: if you opted-in, this is how things are going to work. That means, if you friend someone or Like a Page, you're going to receive updates from them. Of course, Facebook's algorithms still evaluate what posts to show you based on what friends and Pages you interact with frequently. If you want to see everything that your friends do, don't worry, the Ticker is coming.

For Page owners, this a great change. It means that users can no longer hide all your content if they have explicitly said they Like your Page. Furthermore, the option to Unlike a Page is now buried deeper into the user interface (to reiterate: it's no longer in the drop-down menu and only appears after you choose to hide a post). Some Page owners have complained in the past that they don't get enough visibility in the News Feed – this change should help them out a bit.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    ::but it?s only one that those who have Liked a lot of Pages will notice::

    Er, no. Anyone who doesn't want to be inundated with game notifications will most definitely notice this change. Personally, I've already run afoul of this trying to hide spam, er, helpful updates from a friends' new game.
    aureolin
    • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

      @aureolin Games are apps, not pages. The article mentions that posts generated by an app still have the "Hide all..." option.

      This change affects posts by pages that you have clicked "Like" on, not games that your friends are playing.
      kelsonv
  • I have to disagree with the idea that this is great for Pages

    What will happen is people who hid posts from certain Pages in their newsfeed previously but still "liked" the Page will now just unlike the Page. Pages will see a decline in their followers.
    c21j
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    Can we just drop a bomb on FarmVille already and be done with it??
    jmwells21
    • dropping a bomb....

      @jmwells21:-- maybe we can get that as an option for the airship
      redking44
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    Just another thing that makes me "like" Facebook less.
    sullivanjc
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    WOW...This seems like some B.S. move that only goggle.com would try and pull. What once was a social networking site is becoming more AD driven. So from now on...when people want to see what I'm into, for books, shows, etc..they'll just have to ask...No more just looking at someone's page to see if they/you have anything in common with each other. So sad so sad more work on my part to list everything, all those shows that I'll have to "un-like" just so I don't get overloaded with their postings... I guess this is what the world is coming to (I should have known(and kind of figured this was coming) when as soon as a social networking site gets popular by luring ppl into it, they change the rules. Thus is why I hate goggle with a passion.<br><br>--Eric
    Morphyous
  • Not a big deal unless you've liked Pages you don't want to follow

    I got this change a few weeks ago. (Did I get early rollout?) This is no big deal for hiding games, other apps or people: Clicking "hide this post" and then clicking again to choose amount of hiding isn't any worse than clicking and carefully selecting the hiding option you want. It's just different.

    Those who Like commercial pages are going to be hurting with updates. It won't bother people like me who never do: I Like or Friend only those I'm happy to continuously hear from.

    I agree with c21j that we're going to see a lot of Unlike activity, and it'll be interesting to see how FB tries to calm the upset Page owners.
    esobocinski
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    This is stupid.
    Just because I like something does not mean I want to
    hear everything they yammer on about. I can like a movie,
    but not want to hear them push the sequel or such.
    richard233
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    Fletchguy
    • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

      @Fletchguy

      The word is losers, dork!
      TomDavisSr
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    What he said (Fletchguy)
    dcsos
  • I intensely dislike Facebook

    nt
    2rs
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    It seems user convenience is out the winder... I'm still smarting from the removal of "game stories" section of game requests. The recommended games list that replaced it is a complete waste of space
    redking44
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    BetterFacebook.net will find a way.
    c0pasetic
  • RE: Facebook removes 'hide all posts' option from News Feed

    It looks like they're restored this feature! Just managed to "Hide all posts" from a page after clicking "Hide this post". Good on them for listening and putting it back in, though it never should have been removed in the first place.
    BurnOutBrighter