The “26 Facebook Friends Algorithm” Is A Total Hoax
If you've done any amount of cruising around on Facebook recently, you've likely seen a post going around claiming you can bypass a certain Facebook algorithm that limits the amount of folks that can see your posts. I've seen it about ten times at least. It says that Facebook really only shows you about 26 friends posts in your news feed. It looks like this:
Ok Update. It WORKS!! I have a whole new news feed. I’m seeing posts from people I haven’t seen in years.
Here’s how to bypass the system FB now has in place that limits posts on your news feed.
Their new algorithm chooses the same few people - about 25 - who will read your posts. Therefore, I ask you all a favor so I can see your news feed and you can see mine.
Hold your finger down anywhere in this post and "copy" will pop up. Click "copy". Then go your page, start a new post and put your finger anywhere in the blank field. "Paste" will pop up and click paste.
This will bypass the system.
First and foremost, I went to the internet's premier source for debunking online myths, Snopes.com, and as I suspected, it's total bull. First off, right now, I'm on a desk top computer. I don't have a touch screen, so I can't put my finger anywhere to Copy and paste. So this is obviously supposed to be done on a phone. And I don't think if Facebook were limiting the number of people that could see your stuff, that they would only apply this to phones.
Also, when has copying and pasting anything ever solved a tech issue of any kind? I might believe it if it gave just about any other type pf command, and then maybe asked you to turn your device off, and then back on. But this is just weird. And total proof that you shouldn't just blindly follow what you read on Facebook.
This rumor started as far back as December of 2017, so it's taken several months to make it to my page. Maybe you've been seeing it and rolling your eyes for months. The worst case scenario though, is that it's being used for some sort of phishing, or malware, or something like that. So definitely stop copying and pasting it.
In the digital age, it's hard to know what's real and what's not sometimes. But I guarantee that stuff like this is never gonna go away. so maybe next time before you put up a status with this kind of thing, double check that it's real. Knowledge is power, so use it!