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A new year, a new Facebook hoax – 01/03/19


If you are on Facebook, then undoubtedly you have seen one or more of your friends post the following:

Thanks for the tips to bypass FB – 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, 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. Hi new and old friends!

No Facebook does not have a new algorithm. Even if it did, you wouldn’t be able to bypass it by copying and pasting  a post.  For future reference, copying and pasting a post does just that. It copies and pastes a post.  There is no magical thing that will happen because you copy and paste a special post.  Unless you count making the hoax creator giggle as being magical.

So the next time a post shows up in your news feed promising wonderful things if you copy and paste it, please do all of your followers a favor and ignore it.  You will be saving us all from the agonizing annoyance of having a clogged news feed keeping us from the latest Cats on Catnip update.


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