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Facebook is the most used social networking site in the world at the moment.

Last year, the service recorded up to 1 billion active users in a single day, which is a milestone any other networking company envies.

However, it seems some people on the platform are not fully familiar with some ways of handling posts in their news feeds. Usually, many of those who visit this platform on a daily basis do so to check out new photos, status updates, news, and even videos that their friends have posted on the site. But it seems a small group of these people has yet to understand how to go around their newsfeed, with some ending treating the section as an email inbox. This is a huge problem for Facebook, especially when it comes to the point where the company has to pick the stories to be displayed on your timeline.

Facebook shows you stories based on actions on your profile

According to Facebook engineers, the stories that are displayed in your Facebook newsfeed are determined by the actions you take. These will range from the time you spend looking at a given story, sharing or liking a post after or even before reading it, the former indicating that you were truly interested in the post, among other ways.

Whenever users come across stories that do not interest them or are rather bothersome to them, the most basic action most of them will take is to click on the small gray triangle that appears on the top right of the post and then click “Hide.” To Facebook engineers, this will mean you don’t like the post or rather a post is offending to you and as a result, the company will show you fewer stories of such caliber.

A different scenario

When Facebook took a deeper dive into the data at hand, it realized that some users have gotten the “hide” tool wrong. In fact, some view it as the option to delete a post or maybe a way of archiving, just like with the case of emails. These users end up hiding each and every story they read, something that brought a lot of confusion to Facebook’s algorithm as it interpreted the action as if the person doesn’t like what s/he has just read.

The analysis found out that some of these users hide posts thinking that it is a way of marking them as “read” just like it happens with Gmail and other email service providers.

This case has since been taken care of and if you think hiding a post in Facebook will mean you no longer want to see it, you will still see these stories in your newsfeed.