Posted by: David Harley | February 8, 2018

Another Facebook hoax

Lisa Vaas, for Sophos, tells us that a Facebook hoax claims:

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. 

Here’s the Sophos article: Facebook HOAX! New algorithm will NOT only show you 26 friends

Another version of the hoax claims that:

I checked Snopes… And yes it’s TRUE…

Well, of course it isn’t. And Snopes is eager to point out that it isn’t.

Does a New Facebook Algorithm Only Show You 26 Friends?  “Facebook hasn’t limited your feed to only a certain number of people, and sharing a post saying otherwise won’t make any difference.”

Sadly, hoaxers discovered long ago that lots of people check possible hoaxes with Snopes, and try to persuade them that Snopes says white is black. More often than not, chain letters/emails and their equivalents on social media are dubious and often downright wrong. Check for yourself rather than take some anonymous person’s word for it. And yes, Snopes is an excellent place to start checking.

David Harley

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