Over the past few days, you might have seen that Facebook has made a change to its lower navigation bar to better align the displayed icons with the on-platform features that you are currently using.
TechCrunch has reported that this update also includes a new ability to change the mentioned icons more easily and get rid of those red dot notifications that are often irritating on each.

You tap and hold on whatever you want to do to delete a tab in this new process. This will result in the option of either removing it or turning off the notification dots. You can’t remove the tabs News Feed or Notifications, or the hamburger menu enabling you to play with a few tabs as you want to.
Since August last year, Facebook has been working on improved customization of the lower navigation bar, so you may have noticed a few improvements.
But in contrast to personal preferences, the lower navigation bar has traditionally been used by Facebook to promote the new choices-such as Facebook Watch and Marketplace. Now it seems that on this front, Facebook would give users more control which could help encourage more activity.
But what I found particularly fascinating about this new update is that you can remove tabs from your lower navigation bar and not replace them with anything, as you can see in the picture above.
As shown in the second screenshot [right], I was left with only three tabs remaining when I deleted the ‘ Marketplace ‘ tab I can delete the Pages tab as well, leaving me with only two.
That’s interesting because, as observed, the lower tab is a prime area for promoting on-platform activity, and it’s a little surprising to see Facebook give you the option to essentially remove quick links that can foster greater engagement. This may be a bug, but it looks like a feature to experiment with, and may be something.
It is also worth noting that in your Facebook settings you can monitor the red notification dots on any tab:

While using your setup tools you can also add and delete your lower bar shortcuts.

Giving users more command about their shortcuts and notifications seems like a smart move, and it will be interesting to see if the added versatility actually gets people to tap into other places within the app.
It will also be interesting to see whether Facebook continues to add the news tab to the lower bar for all users, or whether these new customization tools are the new standard. Either way, you need to find some new options for handling your Facebook experience.


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