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How to hide your Facebook News Feed

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Facebook is one of those things that no matter how hard you try, you can’t avoid. So many people, businesses, social groups, news publications, and more besides have a presence there. The reach of the social platform is impressive, and it can certainly be used for good. 

But there are also the bad parts of Facebook, and front and center is the News Feed. Facebook’s algorithm will do its thing and you’ll be presented with a hotchpotch of posts from your friends mingled with who knows what else. It’s a mess. 

Facebook obviously wants your eyes on the News Feed, but if you wish it would go away so you can just log in, talk to your friends, post a photo of your cat and leave without any fuss, you’re in luck. Here’s how to make it all disappear.

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How to hide your Facebook News Feed in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge

If you’re running Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, or any other Chromium-based browser such as Opera or Brave, you can install a browser extension to make your Facebook News Feed vanish completely. 

The extension in question is called News Feed Eradicator and is available through the Chrome Web Store. Install it in your browser of choice and a basic settings page will load up. 

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The extension can actually help with more than just Facebook, but to make your News Feed go away simply ensure the toggle next to ‘Facebook’ is enabled. Now, go to Facebook and instead of the cluttered News Feed, you’ll see an inspirational quote and nothing else.

How to hide your Facebook News Feed in Firefox

As with Chromium-based browsers, Firefox users can install the News Feed Eradicator extension to make the Facebook News Feed disappear, too. 

It’s available through Firefox Add-ons and works exactly the same way as it does on Chrome. 

Once installed, a basic settings page will load up, and you simply have to make sure the Facebook toggle is enabled. The News Feed will now be replaced with an inspirational quote and nothing more.

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How to hide your Facebook News Feed in Safari

Safari doesn’t have quite the extension support that Chromium browsers or Firefox enjoy, but it’s still possible to hide your Facebook News Feed if you’re using Apple’s browser too. 

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The easiest tool is called Quiet Facebook, and is available from the developer’s Github page. It provides a similar experience to the Chrome and Firefox extension, in that it wipes the News Feed from view entirely. You don’t get the fun quote, though. 

To install, either clone the repository to your Mac or download the provided .zip file. From there, Quiet Facebook can be enabled through the style sheet in Safari. Full instructions can be found on the same Github page.

Summary

Facebook will always split opinions, but it does have its uses. Fortunately, you can continue to use the service but make the experience as minimal as possible with some simple browser extensions. 

None of these extensions affect your friends’ pages or those of businesses, groups, or gaming profiles, they simply hide the clogged, messy News Feed, and make Facebook much more bearable.

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Facebook-Meta Earns the ‘Worst Company of 2021’ Title in This Survey

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Facebook has had its share of controversies this year. The company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents.

Facebook parent Meta has been named the Worst Company of the Year (2021) by Yahoo Finance respondents. According to the publication, an “open-ended” survey was published on Yahoo Finance on December 4 and 5, where 1,541 respondents participated. Facebook received 8 percent of the write-in vote, but respondents were seemingly mad about the Robinhood trading app as well. Electric truck startup Nikola, which was named last year’s worst company by the same publication also faced respondents ire.

Yahoo Finance notes, “Facebook has had its share of controversies this year.” Starting in January, Meta-owned WhatsApp got caught up in a huge controversy after the messaging app announced a new privacy policy (Terms of Service). WhatsApp said it would collect user information and share it with third-party apps for a better user experience. However, the app gave users no choice but later made modifications to the policy under pressure. Similarly, the company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents showing the company’s problematic practices. It was revealed that Meta-owned Instagram had a negative impact on teenage girls, but the company did almost nothing to rectify the problem.

Yahoo Finance even highlights, “At the same time, some critics, including conservatives, say Facebook over-policed the platform’s speech and stifled their voices.” Critics also blame Facebook and other social media platforms for not curbing hate speech that led to Capitol Building riots.

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However, around 30 percent of Yahoo Finance readers said that Facebook or Meta could redeem itself. One respondent suggested that the company could issue a formal apology for negligence and donate a sizable amount of its profits to a foundation to help reverse its harm.

On the other hand, respondents chose Microsoft as the Company of the Year (2021). The Satya Nadella-led company touched the trillion-mark this year and introduced notable upgrades. The most notable is the Windows 11 OS update that succeeds Windows 10.

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Facebook pays 1.7 Cr fine to Russia after failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal

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In the latest legal tussle with Russia over controversial social media regulation laws, Facebook paid 17 million roubles (Rs 1.7 Crore) for failing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. With a threat of potential larger fines looming, Facebook parent company Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to face court next week over repeated violations of Russian legislation on content, Interfax News Agency reported. As per the latest updates, the social media giant could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue.

In October, Moscow sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17 million roubles. Meanwhile, as per Interfax report citing a federal bailiffs’ database, on Sunday, there were more enforcement proceedings against the company. Apart from the popular social media app, Telegram has also paid 15 million roubles in fines for failing to comply with the Russian social media legislations that came into force in 2016.

Facebook pays $53k to Russia for refusing controversial social media laws

It is pertinent to mention that Facebook has locked horns with Moscow earlier in November, resulting in it paying 4 million roubles ($53,000) over its refusal to adhere to Russian data localisation laws, the Moscow Times reported. The Moscow court on November 25 had said that Facebook paid the fine levied in February, following which all proceedings against the US-based social media giant. The payment comes against the litigation filed against the company in 2018, alongside Twitter. The tech companies were also forced to pay an additional 3000 rubles ($40) for failing to comply with user data sharing rules as per the law. The Russian authorities have also previously blocked LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for failing to abide by the laws.

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Russian social media laws

As per Moscow Times, under the Russian social media regulation laws, all foreign technology companies are required to store data related to Russian customers and users on servers located in Russia. Additionally, the Russian tech companies will also have to share encryption data with the federal authorities as well as record user calls, messages and civil society group conversation records. The apparatus is said to be a severe breach of privacy rights and unfettered back-door access to personal data that could be used to harass Kremlin critics.

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.

The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

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Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.

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