Facebook's Snooze Button Lets You Temporarily Mute Your Friends
Dec 16, 2017, 05:54
Controls for your News Feed aren't new. You're on Facebook, scrolling through your feed, when out of the blue, status after status rolls in from a keyboard-happy friend.
"We don't have all the answers, but given the prominent role social media now plays in many people's lives, we want to help elevate the conversation", David Ginsberg, Facebook director of research, and Moira Burke, Facebook research scientist, wrote in a blog post.
You'll still be friends with that person or be a part of that group or Page, but any content they post won't show up in your timeline. "You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time". With it, you can easily mute one or some of your friends' posts who keep on publishing irritating cat videos.
Facebook is well aware of the studies showing it can have a negative effect on well-being and has been taking steps to make itself better for the mental health of its users. When people consume information passively on their News Feed but do not interact with them, they feel worse.
The announcement comes as a parade of former Facebook employees have spoken out against the company and social media in general, and the impact it might have on the well-being of people.
You can mute a friend my selecting the menu option in the right hand corner of their latest post and hitting "Snooze".
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