Facebook testing a Snooze button to mute people and pages

Kristi Paul
December 17, 2017

The snooze feature will let you mute a person, page, or group for 30 days. Features like Unfollow, Hide, Report, and See First have always allowed users some degree of control over the content of their news feeds. You have a connection with hundreds of people on Facebook but honestly can't stand to associate with majority. Or if a retail shop has a special sale for the month (which has some seriously good deals), but because you know you are super broke for that month or because you simply have bond notes only, you'd rather snooze the page than get depressed looking at those deals.

Users can mute people, pages or groups.

In case you change your mind about seeing their posts again, Facebook will notify you when the Snooze period is coming to an end.

Facebook's move is based on a bunch of internal and external research on how social media affects moods. It grants users yet another element of control over their own Facebook experience, and keeps the News Feed - to some extent, at least - in the hands of its readers. "Do people connect in meaningful ways online?" The post was entitled, " Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? .

The blog authors said Facebook employs social psychologists, social scientists and sociologists, "and we collaborate with top scholars to better understand well-being and work to make Facebook a place that contributes in a positive way". We've heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it. That meant when it came time for his wedding weekend, my Facebook feed was flooded with pictures of his rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception.

And Facebook is working on suicide prevention, including support on Facebook Live and artificial intelligence to detect suicidal posts before they are reported.

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