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Facebook changes turn news feed into quasi-news site

Facebook news feed changes give you easy access to sports and world news, among other topics
By Sean Ridgeley from Apr 15, 2016 @ 17:03 CDT

Facebook is currently testing a significant change to its news feed that see it take on the form of a news aggregator site in many ways.




(Image credit: Mashable)


The new design features a tabbed categories section at the bottom of the normal feed where you can choose to see all news, World & US news, Sports news, and Food news, among others. By default, all of these categories will show up, but if you like, you can disable any of them.


When relevant, friends' posts will show up in the aforementioned sections. As well, the feed will prompt you to add people related to news you're interested in, much like Twitter.


"People have told us they'd like options to see more stories on Facebook around specific topics they're interested in," said a Facebook spokesperson. "So we have been testing a few feeds for people to view more and different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas."


Whether this feature will go public remains to be seen, but we certainly appreciate the functionality, which manages to be useful and familiar while not being intrusive.


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