In the last few days, I've started getting Facebook notifications both in the web app and on iOS for some status updates or photo uploads from friends.

The notifications have a star icon and the URL includes notif_t=top_news_story, suggesting I get notifications for "top stories".

I would prefer it the way it was before, where I only get notifications for comments on my stuff, when I'm tagged in a picture etc.

I haven't yet found the setting to disable this. Anyone?

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I came here looking for help on this same issue and instead found the answer myself and thought I would share:

  • Click on the "Notifications" button / icon at the top left of your profile (third button to the right of the FB logo).

  • Hover over the offending notification and an "x" will appear at the top right of the said notification.

  • Click on the "x" ("Turn Off") and you will be asked to confirm "Turn off top friend activity notifications"

The End

  • Good work! Thank you. Will have to wait a while to see if it had the desired effect, but I would be surprised if this doesn't do it.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 16:58

You can edit notification settings from within Facebook.

Facebook Notification Settings

Hope this helps.

  • Thanks! I did look in those settings but didn't find anything that seemed to apply to this.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 5:59

On your Facebook homepage, on the bottom left, under the friends tab, click on Close friends. It won't show any friends if you haven't added any. What I did was I clicked x for every friend in the suggestions on the right and on the top right where there is a notifications tab. I chose off in the drop down menu.

  • Thank you! To clarify what you meant by the "friends tab", here are Facebook's instructions which you helped me find: facebook.com/help/?faq=112320895539157 It also doesn't list any friends for me, but I'll try turning off notifications on that page and see if that solves it. The ones I did receive notifications for are some of the ones it suggested.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 5:58
  • Seems just turning off the notifications wasn't enough. Also removed the suggested friends, now. Let's see if that works.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 15:38
  • Just got another notification despite doing both things described above :/ So either that's not enough, or there's a delay until it takes.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 20:23
  • It worked for me. Hopefully it is just a delay and works for you soon enough. Do you by any chance have Facebook Mobile Texts activated? I am also having issues with that and was wondering if others did as well.
    – shehz
    Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 4:45
  • Thanks again – will have to wait and see. Don't have Facebook Mobile Texts active, unless it's on by default.
    – Henrik N
    Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 21:17

Please follow these steps:

  • Go to your messenger app
  • Click on your Profile in the top left corner
  • Notifications
  • Toggle story notifications

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