Facebook Will Make it Easier to Unfollow Boring Friends

Written By Michael Maunda on Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 11:08 AM

The splash page for the social media Internet site Facebook. The splash page for the social media Internet site Facebook.

Users will be able to more easily hide people from their News Feed

Facebook is continuing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of turning the social networking site into “the perfect, personalized newspaper for everyone in the world” by giving users more control over their News Feed.

The company is adding a new News Feed settings page that will show users which people and pages they interact with most frequently and those they’ve recently unfollowed, Facebook announced Friday. The change will allow users to more easily add and delete people and pages from the News Feed based on user interest. The feature is available on the mobile and desktop versions of the site, and will come to the Facebook app within the coming weeks.

Users can also use the gray arrows that appear in the top right corners of posts to hide stories they’re not interested in reading. Then, they can select whether they’d like to see less from that person or unfollow them altogether.

Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would start cracking down on clickbait and hyperbolic headlines in News Feed links by evaluating how much time users spent reading a link and whether they were liking and sharing it.