New Facebook feature will make it easier for your friends to spam you

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Facebook is testing a new feature that could result in you being bombarded with notifications from your friends.

The new Facebook feature will enable users to alert others about individual posts and is currently being tested on the Facebook website and its iOS app.

Those accounts which have been selected to test the feature will see an icon of a loudspeaker alongside a message which reads “Notify a few friends about this post”, just after posting a status update.

When the user clicks into the box they are then able to select up to 10 of their friends to notify about the post.

The feature would offer a new way for users to be able to share content, albeit privately, with their friends.

“When you make a post that is particularly interesting to certain friends – you want to make sure they see it,” read a statement from Facebook.

“Instead of tagging friends in the post or the comments section, you will now have a more discreet option to alert them of your post by sending them a notification.”

The new feature, which was first spotted by Social Times, comes at a time when Facebook has been trying find new ways of encouraging users to share more content.

A report from earlier this year said that Facebook had struggled to halt a decline in the number of posts being shared by users.

In April, The Verge reported that Facebook was considering adding a virtual tip jar to enable users to earn money from posts, in a move that would almost certainly see more content being shared on the social media site.

More recent data released earlier this week said found that Android users are spending less time on social media app in favour of private messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Line and Telegram.

 

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  1. when are facebook going to stop using filtered messages, it filters off real messages and i have never seen any spam. this message request system is a disaster get rid of it now there are plenty of checks and balances without this system.