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June 8, 2016

Facebook Testing Direct-to-News Feed Posts

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Facebook is testing a new method that will allow you to post an update without having it appear on your timeline.

Matt Navarra (Twitter)

Matt Navarra (Twitter)

Currently, after posting or sharing something, you must go to your timeline and click to remove it if you do not wish the post to be there.

Facebook, however, is testing a ‘Hide From Your Timeline’ checkbox that will permit you to only publish something in the News Feed.

Posts that you opt to keep off your timeline will still show up in search results, according to CNet.  These posts will be listed next to your other activity on the ‘Your Posts’ page that is visible only to you.

“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,” Facebook said in a statement to Engadget. “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.”

So far, it looks like Facebook is testing the new tool with a select handful of its members and it is not known if the social networking firm will implement the change permanently.