There has been a lot of talk about Facebook news stories this election cycle, and some pundits have even blamed the social media giant for spreading misleading and outright false information on both sides of the aisle. Now that the election is over, many Facebook users are looking for a way to unplug, decompress and get back to life as usual.
No matter how you feel about the outcome of the election or the new stories that got us there, it is good to know that Facebook offers a relatively easy way to block unwanted content from their newsfeed. Just about everyone has a Facebook friend who is always posting questionable content, and the ability to block those stories can be a welcome relief.
If your Facebook friends are constantly sharing content from the same websites, you can specifically block those pages and stop them from cluttering up your newsfeed. Just click the down-facing arrow on the upper-right corner of the post in question and choose "Hide all from [website]" to block all content from the offending page.
If your Facebook friends share false or misleading content from more than one website, you do not have to unfriend them to make it stop. You can simply choose to block posts from that individual. To do so, just click the down-facing arrow at the upper right-hand corner of the page and navigate to your news feed preferences. From there you can unfollow and refollow your Facebook friends as you see fit.
Facebook is a powerful tool for sharing information, and it is increasingly an important way to get news content and updates on the latest happenings in Washington and beyond. As we have seen, however, relying on Facebook as a source of breaking news is a double-edged sword, and it is important for users to pay attention to the sources of the information before passing it on. The ability to block questionable content from your personal news feed is just a start, but it is one tool in your arsenal.
Mr Zuckerberg had this to say on the 'Fake News' issue: