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Facebook tests News Feed-only posts that avoid your Timeline

Engadget Engadget 7/06/2016 Billy Steele
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Being able to hide a Facebook update after it posts isn't entirely new, but the social network is testing a way to let users keep things from ever hitting their Timeline. A "Hide From Your Timeline" checkbox will allow you to only publish something in the News Feed, without the need to remove it afterwards. CNET reports that any post you keep off your Timeline will still show up in search results and they'll be listed alongside your other activity on the "Your Posts" page that only you can view. The feature appears to available for a select few on the web, and Facebook isn't saying when or if it'll be a permanent addition.

We reached out to the company on the matter and it offered the following statement:

"The Timeline on your profile is a great place to see a comprehensive history of your Facebook posts. We've heard feedback that sometimes, you may want to share a post with friends and family via News Feed and not have that post be displayed on your Timeline. The ability to hide a post from your Timeline already exists, and today we're testing a feature that would make it even easier to control where your posts live by giving you the option to publish a post only to News Feed and not to your Timeline"

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