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Here's how you can remove the clutter in your Facebook News Feed

The site recently announced some changes that will make unfollowing friends and pages easier, but there are other methods that you should take into consideration.

THOSE OF YOU who use Facebook regularly may have heard that it’s now offering users more control over their news feed.

It’s a small but handy change that will give you a little more control over some of the things that are prioritised in your news feed, or at the very least, see less of the people and pages that you feel are cluttering up your news feed.

For now, it appears that the setting is only on iPhone for now (desktop, Android, and Windows Phone users will have to wait a little while longer). If you’re on mobile, it’s a matter of going into the app’s settings and scrolling down to the bottom.

Desktop users can expect it to appear alongside the drop down menu found at the top right-hand corner of the site.

Facebook news feed How the new news feed filter will appear.

If you’re familiar with Twitter, then you will know how this is going to work. The most popular pages in your news feed, all of your friends, the pages that you like and the groups you have joined will be presented here.

How long it will take you to filter through them all will depend on how trigger happy you were with the like button, but if a person or page update is annoying you, this is the best way to prevent most of their updates from appearing without unfriending/unliking them.

Although if that isn’t to your liking, there are some other ways to catch those posts you might have missed.

The first is to turn your news feed into a chronological stream, which will become more unwieldy as everything you might have missed will be included, but ensures posts aren’t picked out for you.

The easiest way to do this is to go to the desktop site and on the left menu, click on the drop-down menu beside ‘News Feed’.

Alternatively,  you could use the close friends list and pick your most important friends to appear on it, ensuring that they appear on your News Feed more.

Facebook change newsfeed

The other method allows you to see posts you would have missed on the normal News Feed. The Missed Stories page will present to you what Facebook describes as “posts you might like but haven’t seen yet.”

This is also curated by the News Feed algorithm meaning it’s still picking out posts for you, but at the least, it will highlight anything that could be important.

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