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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:24

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Facebook has announced it will be replacing its "Hide All" button with "Unfollow," allowing its 1.1 billion users to block all messages and posts from selected friends.

De-friending is of course still an option but Facebook's unfollow button will mean users will not see any of a chosen person's posts on their news feed.

Facebook also announced earlier this week that it is going to differentiate news articles from random content, like meme photos from other sites. Articles or content deemed 'high quality' by Facebook will get special treatment.

“We’ve noticed that people enjoy seeing articles on Facebook, and so we’re now paying closer attention to what makes for high-quality content, and how often articles are clicked on from News Feed on mobile,” the company said in a Monday blog post.

“What this means is that you may start to notice links to articles a little more often (particularly on mobile).”

There is no news that Facebook is working on a highly-requested 'dislike' button, but AllThingsD is reporting the social network is testing a read-it-later feature for mobile, like Instapaper.

"The feature, which was pointed out to AllThingsD by the technology blog MyTechSkool, comes in the form of a small iBook-like bookmark button attached to stories shared in the News Feed," AllThingsD reported.

"Click the button, and the link will be set aside in a “saved” menu inside a user’s Facebook apps menu."

Facebook began rolling out the "Unfollow" button and a related change to its users on Monday. It added a "Following" button next to the usual "Like" button on a page or next to the "Friends" button on a personal timeline, which will also enable users to block posts.

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