Facebook ‘Unfollow’ button to replace ‘Hide all’ for pesky posts

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Social network Facebook is to help users block unwanted posts from their newsfeed with the click of an ‘Unfollow’ button.

Currently, if a user wants to block, say, a friend’s constant posts about his or her poetry or sock puppet collection, the user can do so by selecting the ‘Hide all’ option from a drop-down menu next to a post.

Once Facebook implements an ‘Unfollow’ button to replace ‘Hide all’, users just have to click on it to banish the particular piece of content from their newsfeed.

Users won’t be notified if their post has been unfollowed, thereby helping to maintain peace in the Facebook kingdom.

The functionality continues to allow users to avoid posts they don’t care to see without actually going as far as removing someone from their Friends list.

The ‘Unfollow’ feature will be available to desktop users in the coming weeks and will roll out to iOS and Android in the coming months, Mashable reported a Facebook spokesperson as having said.

"The goal of this change is to help people curate their newsfeed and see more of the content that they care about," the spokesperson had said.

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