Facebook introduces Snooze, allowing users to mute friends

Posted December 16, 2017

Rather than unfriend or unfollow them (which can get tricky with people you actually know), Facebook has come up with a new solution: Snoozing.

In their blog post, Facebook cites research that suggests "offline and online contact, including seeing an ex-partner's activities, can make emotional recovery more hard".

Facebook has introduced a new feature that will let you mute annoying friends for 30 days. Facebook already has a few features that allow users to control what they see on their feeds, but Friday the company announced a brand new one called "Snooze". "You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time". A sexual assault survivor may benefit from temporarily snoozing posts from news organizations they follow as potentially triggering sexual assault coverage continues to dominate the news cycle.

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Facebook is now rolling out its Snooze feature to all users after a period of testing in September.

You can also use the feature to mute specific groups. People, groups or pages who have been snoozed will not be notified about it, and the user will receive a notification when a mute is about to expire, with the option to hit snooze yet again.

For example, if you've had enough of someone's political rants or baby photos, you can temporarily opt to see less of them in your News Feed. In fact, Twitter has it since 2014.

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In terms of how Facebook is affecting the emotions of users, the company says there's both good and bad.

They present both positive and negative research on social media and write about what Facebook is doing to combat the negatives and prioritize the positives.

The option will be available through the top-right dropdown menu on every post.

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